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Health and Human Services committee to focus attention on Alzheimer’s Awareness month in November

Monday November 13, 2006

Majority Caucus Louisville
Metro Council
For More Information Contact:
Tony Hyatt: 574-4137/ 526-3622
For Immediate release:

Louisville – It is a disease that slowly robs the memory and is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

On Wednesday, November 15, the Metro Council’s Health and Human Services committee will receive an update on Alzheimer’s disease from those organizations that track its progress in the area.

“There are more than 50,000 individuals, family members and professional caregivers affected by this disease,” says Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (D) 3, who chairs the committee. “It is projected there will be a 31% increase of these numbers in the next 20 years.”

The committee will review a resolution declaring November as National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in Metro Louisville.

Among those appearing before the committee will be Reylene Medina, Director of the Louisville Regional Alzheimer’s Office. She will be joined by Michelle Wade, KIPDA Information and Assistance Planner and SHIP prescription drug help/Medicare-Medicaid basics.

“We need to make the public more aware of how this disease is affecting all of us and the toll it is taking on health care,” says Woolridge.

The meeting will begin at 3:00, Council Chambers, 601 West Jefferson Street.

Mary Woolridge (D) 3