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Ohio Department of Aging staff were honored to participate in the Alzheimer's Association Ohio Chapters' annual Memory Day celebration March 15, 2019, at the Ohio Statehouse. Memory Day is one of the longest-running and most successful Alzheimer's advocacy events in the nation. More than 220,000 Ohioans are living with Alzheimer's disease. Another 603,000 Ohioans serve as their caregivers.
Vince McGrail, director of the Alzheimer's Association Central Ohio chapter presented the Leadership in Advocacy award to Colleen Marshall of NBC4 in Columbus, the first member of the media to be so honored.
Ohio Department of Aging employees Dan and Emilia are committed to end Alzheimer's.
In her remarks to the crowd, Department of Aging Director Ursel J. McElroy affirmed our commitment to the fight: "This disease is hard, but it would be so much harder without a system of support."
Senate President Larry Obhof and Leader Kenny Yuko discussed S.B. 24, which creates a task force to create the framework for a state plan on Alzheimer’s.
Senator Steve Wilson told the crowd that, in his view, it's a good thing that Ohio is the only state that does not yet have a state plan on dementia, because it puts us in a position to develop the best plan in the nation.
Care partner and advocate Karen Jones brought the room to tears and then to their feet with the touching story of her personal journey through Alzheimer’s with her mother.
Colleen Marshal of NBC4 in Columbus echoed the spirit of hope in the Statehouse when she told the crowd: "Somewhere out there is the first survivor, and I can't wait to meet them."
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Special thanks to the Alzheimer's Association Ohio Chapters for allowing us to be a part of such a meaningful day!
Alzheimer's Association Central Ohio Chapter
Alzheimer's Association Cleveland Area Chapter
Alzheimer's Association Greater Cincinnati Chapter
Alzheimer's Association Greater East Ohio Chapter
Alzheimer's Association Miami Valley Chapter
Alzheimer's Association Northwest Ohio Chapter
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