State Senator hosts public hearing on Alzheimer's services

By WEEK Producer

August 22, 2013 Updated Aug 22, 2013 at 7:39 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. --Local Alzheimer's caregivers and advocates had the chance to voice their opinions on how to improve Alzheimer's treatment in Illinois.

State Senator Dave Koehler listened to suggestions during a public hearing in Peoria on Thursday.

Alzheimer's Association members said the disease is expected to reach crisis level by the year 2050, when it is estimated more than 16 million people will suffer from the disease.  

Approximately 210,000 people currently suffer from Alzheimer's in Illinois.

Senator Koehler said there is always room for improving services.

"It's really a good way to get practical, down to earth comments about what the state and what as a society we can do to better prepare and equipment ourselves to deal with Alzheimer's and dementia," he said.

The state legislature has created a fund for the development of a specialty Alzheimer's Awareness license plate.    

Drivers interested in purchasing one of the specialty plates should log on to www.alzheimers-illinois.org/license_plates.

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