Alzheimer's Town Hall
Updated: Monday, February 18 2013, 07:48 PM EST
Families say their loved ones suffering from Alzheimer's are facing a health care crisis because of state budget cuts. They say those cuts could force some Alzheimer's and dementia patients out of assisted living or nursing home facilities. That’s because the state has cut 40 percent of the budget that pays for that care.
Those concerned spoke out at a town hall meeting in Asheville. Speakers shared stories about families devastated when an elderly loved one lost their memory and began living in confusion. They’re asking lawmakers to reconsider cuts that amount to about $10 million. They say they’re supporting many people who have Alzheimer's and dementia, who can’t speak for themselves.
The Alzheimer's Association urges people with concerns about Alzheimer's care to contact state lawmakers. For more information about the association, click here.
By Sherrill Barber
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