Alzheimer's Association Holds Statewide Town Hall Meeting
People across the state gathered in Macon to discuss ways to efficiently fight Alzheimer's disease on Saturday.
The Georgia chapter of the Alzheimer's Association met at Vineville United Methodist Church to hear the opinions and views of people affected by Alzheimer’s. The statewide town hall meeting attracted more than 30 people including WGXA’s Chief Meteorologist Jeff Cox, who emceed the event.
Chapter President and CEO Leslie Anderson said the event was a way to have people discuss a statewide plan to find a faster way to cure the deadly disease.
"The important thing today is just gathering people from all across the state but hearing their voices hearing their thoughts, their input,” Anderson said. “That's what's important. We're going to share this information with our National Association and make sure that their concerns are heard."
Anderson said more than 5 million people live with Alzheimer’s and it's the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. More than 19 hundred people in Georgia died from the disease in 2008.