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Public invited to Cleveland County Alzheimer's Community Forum

The Alzheimer's Association - Western Carolina Chapter will be hosting the Cleveland County Alzheimer's Community Forum on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 to hear from local area residents.
Check-in will open at 6:15 p.m., and the event will take place 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Mauney Memorial Library at 100 S. Piedmont Avenue in Kings Mountain. Light refreshments will be provided. There is no cost to attend, but registration is requested at https://tinyurl.com/ALZClevelandForum or by calling 800-272-3900.
The Alzheimer's Community Forum is a gathering for people who have been affected by Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about the disease, discuss their experiences and needs, learn about resources, and discover how to engage in the cause.
"Our community forum is an invaluable opportunity to let your voice be heard about Alzheimer's, dementia, and memory loss," said Katherine L. Lambert, CEO of the Western Carolina Chapter. "We encourage attendees to bring a friend who has been affected by the disease. Attendance by area residents is key for our organization to learn how we can further help the more than 2,100 individuals living with the disease and their 6,400 caregivers in Cleveland County."
Additional Facts and Figures: (http://www.alz.org/facts/)
• One in 10 people age 65 and older (10 percent) has Alzheimer's dementia.
• An estimated 5.7 million Americans, including 170,000 North Carolina residents, are living with Alzheimer's, a number estimated to grow to as many as 16 million by year 2050.
• Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer's are women.
• African-Americans are about twice as likely to have Alzheimer's or other dementias as older whites.
• Hispanics are about one and one-half times as likely to have Alzheimer's or other dementias as older whites.

About the Alzheimer's Association:
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's.

About the Alzheimer's Association - Western Carolina Chapter:
The Western Carolina Chapter provides patient and family services, information and referral, education, and advocacy in the 49 central and western North Carolina counties that serves over 110,000 people currently living with Alzheimer's disease and their 330,000 caregivers in these counties. We provide a variety of services including a 24/7 Helpline, support groups, educational programs, and MedicAlert®. We offer opportunities to get involved and to make a difference. For more information about Alzheimer's disease or the Alzheimer's Association Western Carolina Chapter, visit www.alz.org/northcarolina or call (800) 272-3900. For the latest news and updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Submitted by Christine John-Fuller

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