A free panel on Alzheimer’s disease preparedness in Pennsylvania

Join Spotlight PA in a free Q&A on Alzheimer’s disease in Pennsylvania and possible solutions to the coming crisis.

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Alice “Candy” Loughney, 71, has Alzheimer’s disease and moved into a long-term care facility in Monroeville after her symptoms became too much for her husband to manage. (Photo by Quinn Glabicki for Spotlight PA / PublicSource)

There are 280,000 people in Pennsylvania over the age of 64 living with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia, and that number is expected to swell to 320,000 over the next four years.

Yet, few state-licensed eldercare facilities have dementia-specific accommodations, nursing homes are short staffed, care costs are exceedingly high, and support is often incredibly thin, a recent Spotlight PA/ PublicSource investigation revealed.

The result, advocates warn, is a perfect storm of limited resources against soaring needs, with many giving Pennsylvania a failing grade on its efforts to prepare.

On Friday, Oct. 8 at noon, join Spotlight PA for a free panel on Alzheimer’s disease preparedness in Pennsylvania and possible solutions..

Our panelists include:

  • Colin Deppen, reporter and newsletter editor for Spotlight PA
  • Juliette Rihl, freelance reporter for PublicSource
  • Clayton Jacobs, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Pennsylvania
  • Other panelists to be announced.

RSVP for free here. Submit your questions in advance to events@spotlightpa.org. Spotlight PA’s events operate on a “pay-what-you-can” honor system.

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