The Unicameral approved legislation (LB 320) this spring that calls for creating a statewide plan. Clay Freeman, program director for the Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska Chapter, explains the motive.
“The goal of this plan is to really find gaps in services for people who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias,” Freeman says. “We’re really looking at folks who are caregivers for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and persons with the disease.”
Freeman says they’ll discuss a number of key issues at the meeting, for example, the type of training and qualifications required for caregivers.
“Do we need some type of an endangered persons alert, similar to the Amber Alert, for older adults who might wander or get away from their home and get lost,” Freeman says. “One thing about Alzheimer’s disease is six out of ten individuals will wander, so they’re at a great risk.”
Tonight’s town hall meeting is at 5:30 pm at the Kearney Public Library. More meetings are scheduled next month, on September 15th in Omaha, on September 23rd in Pender and September 29th in Alliance.
By Brent Wiethorn, KKPR, Kearney