A task force endorsed by Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has laid out recommendations for dealing with the approaching wave of Alzheimer's disease cases expected in the state as baby boomers turn 65.
The task force is taking on a $2.2 billion problem.
That's the financial toll they say unpaid, unlicensed caregivers — such as family members — provide to Alzheimer's disease patients.
The task force estimates the state will have 110,000 Alzheimer's patients by 2025, a 69-percent spike in just over a decade.
In January 2015, Oregonians who can't afford fulltime care for their family members and are unwilling to have them civilly committed will be required to receive training if they are appointed as guardians.
>>> Read the state plan
The task force is holding a series of town hall meetings across Oregon:
Eugene - Saturday, August 4th, 10:00 am to noon - Campbell Senior Center, 155 High St, Eugene
Coos Bay - Thursday, August 9th, 4:00 to 6:00 pm - North Bend Community Center, 2222 Broadway Street, North Bend
Bend - Saturday, August 18th, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm - Bend Senior Center, 1600 SE Reed Market Road, Bend
Medford - Wednesday, August 8th, 4:00 to 6:00 pm - Smullin Health Education Center, Rogue Valley Medical Center, 2825 E Barnett Rd, Medford
Pendleton - Thursday, August 16th, 4:00 to 6:00 pm - Pendleton City Hall, 500 SW Dorion Ave, Pendleton
Portland - Saturday, August 25th, 10:00 am to noon - Alzheimer's Association Oregon Chapter, 1650 NW Naito Parkway, Portland
Salem - Thursday, August 30th, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Salem Hospital Building C, 875 Oak St SE, Salem (co-sponsored by the Alzheimer's Network of Oregon, based in Salem)
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Oregon Alzheimer's task force coming to Eugene, Coos Bay