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Alzheimer Association in Yakima to teach people about resources and benefits

Alzheimer Association in Yakima to teach people about resources and benefits

YAKIMA, Wa. -- Alzheimer’s disease is becoming more common with cases growing every year but there is help and support for families here in Yakima.

The Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter is in Yakima to teach people about the progress that has been made to try to end Alzheimer’s disease and what else still needs to be done.

During a Town Hall meeting, Monday at the Yakima Convention Center several panelists spoke about the resources that help families here in Yakima.

One of those panelists was Lupita Gutierrez Parker who says when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s her entire life changed, and now she is an advocate.

“When you get a diagnosis like this everything changes. I tried to work for a year and as I was going through this process I realized I’m not going to be able to work much longer," said Gutierrez Parker.

Public Policy Manager for Alzheimer’s Association Peter Newbould says it is important for families to get educated on the Washington State Plan that addresses the disease and resources around them.

“This is a big community with a lot of people who have needs and we want them to have the latest information about the problems and the opportunities that are out there," said Newbould.

Some of the progress that has been made from the plan includes creating Dementia-friendly communities, Guidelines for Diagnosis by primary care, home safety toolkits and much more.

Newbould says although a lot of progress has been made, there is still a lot more that needs to be done.

Some of the items on the 2019 plan include enhancing public awareness and engagement, better train workers in the medical field, provide to family caregivers and much more.

Newbould says the 2019 plans to help end Alzheimer’s will cost around 5.4 million dollars and they are hoping to get funded by the state.

“I want them to understand that their voices can make a difference, their stories, their families stories about the disease that is impacting them can make a true difference," said Newbould.

A Central Washington Alzheimer’s and Dementia Conference will be taking place Tuesday at the Yakima Convention Center both in English and Spanish.

The conference starts at nine in the morning and goes until 3:45 p.m.

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