Alzheimer’s presentation targets Baby Boomers

Alzheimer’s knows no boundaries. Any adult can be diagnosed. One in 8 Americans age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s disease. Nearly half of Americans aged 85 and older have Alzheimer’s disease. Its prevalence is growing rapidly.

“Generation Alzheimer’s: The Boomer Future” will explore the growth of Alzheimer’s on the Baby Boom generation, those born between 1946 and 1964. The presentation will also look at the impact it will have on our already overextended health and social services and will help attendees to better understand and plan for this new era of caregiving.

“Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources. “It is the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. We also know that while death rates have declined for most major diseases, deaths from Alzheimer’s disease have more than doubled. That’s why it is so important for people to learn as much as possible about the disease and the community resources available to help.”

There are three opportunities to see the presentation:

• Nov. 7, 12:10-12:50 p.m., Pierce County Annex (Main Conference Room), 2401 35th Street, Tacoma

• Nov. 8, 7-8 p.m., Soundview Building (Conference Room 1), 3602 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma

• Nov. 10, 12:10-12:50 p.m., County-City Building (7th floor Rainier Room), 930 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma

“Generation Alzheimer’s: The Boomer Future” is free, but RSVPs are requested by calling (253) 798-8787. This presentation is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association of Western and Central Washington and the Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center. For more information call (253) 798-4600.