Everyone’s voice should be heard on a variety of issues that concern ordinary people, but sometimes the best avenues for real change are not always clear. Those issues include cognitive health, and town hall-style events are being scheduled throughout the state to hold conversations that center on that topic by the Alzheimer’s Association. Alzheimer’s disease is the fifth leading cause of death in Rhode Island, so this is a public health issue that needs to be addressed at all levels.
These public events are for those who have Alzheimer’s and other dementia, as well as caregivers, both personal and professional, the general public, health professionals, senior care workers, state legislators, town and city leaders, first responders, students and business leaders to take part so they can help turn these needs into action locally.
The town hall series is kicking off on August 15 at 1 pm at Westerly Library, and we would love to have everyone from Westerly, Hopkinton, Richmond and Charlestown attend.
The writer is the director of public policy and media relations for the Rhode Island chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.