Overcoming the stigma of Alzheimer’s disease

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HENDERSON, Nev. (KLAS) — How much do you know about alzheimer’s disease? The annual Alzheimer’s Educational Conference helps caregivers, healthcare workers and anyone learning to navigate the journey of the disease.

Through support, advocacy, and sharing the latest in all-important research, the desert southwest chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association helps the public understand and hopefully overcome the stigma of all dementia diseases.

The conference was held Wednesday in Henderson.

Nevada has the third highest rate of the disease in the country and the number of people with Alzheimers in the state is expected to increase in the next few years. That’s why organizations want to educate the community on the issue and erase the stigma.

“Education is key to the end of Alzheimers disease and our fight to end it. We definitely want to create that awareness, provide that education and be that resource for our community,” said Kate Ingalsby, regional director, Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter.

In the crowd were Senator Jacky Rosen and Congresswomen Dina Titus and Susie Lee. Congresswoman Lee has a personal connection to the disease. She lost her father to it and her mother is showing early signs. That’s why she’s working on legislation to benefit anyone with Alzheimers and their caregivers.

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