Oregon's Alzheimer Plan

, Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Mon, July 30 2012 at 6:12 PM, Updated: Mon, July 30 2012 at 6:25 PM

With the baby boomer population getting older, health care workers warn of a possible "tsunami wave" of Dementia sufferers. But is the state of Oregon ready?

A task force made up of medical experts, caregivers and state officials have released a plan to match up with the National Alzheimer's Project Act. More than 165,000 Oregonians provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer's or some form of Dementia. A new state plan should help those affected by the disease get training and better care.

One grant funded program in Southern Oregon called Star-C helps train family members who are committed to helping those with Alzheimer's.

Come August 8th, 2012 that state task force will visit Medford.

http://www.alz.org/oregon/in_my_community_56935.asp

Here's the information:Medford - Wednesday, August 8th, 4:00 to 6:00 pm - Smullin Health Education Center, Rogue Valley Medical Center, 2825 E Barnett Rd, Medford 

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Travis Koch

News at Sunrise Co-Anchor Travis Koch started his career as a filmmaker. He wrote and directed documentaries about traveling and extreme sports.

Among his many life experiences, he was a dog musher in Alaska and a baker in Minnesota. Travis began his career at NBC5 News as a weekend photographer and has continued to follow his dreams in television broadcasting and multimedia.

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