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Local legislators help form Alzheimer's and Dementia Task Force

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Eau Claire (WQOW)- As a generation of baby boomers grows older there comes a booming need for better Alzheimer's and dementia care, and some local legislators are looking for ways to help.

Mayo Clinic Health System hosted a public hearing Wednesday, organized by a Wisconsin Assembly task force.  It's a panel of state representatives who are working towards finding ways to improve Alzheimer's and dementia programs throughout the state.

On Wednesday the lawmakers heard testimonies and asked questions of local healthcare professionals, and people who have been affected by the disease.

"We want to know what we're doing now.  Department of Human Services is an integral part of what services are being currently provided.  And then how we can address issues in the future for the aging population as well, it's sort of a task force to gather information and consider what we're going to do in the long run," said Representative Kathy Bernier, a member of the task force.

This was the fifth public hearing they have held around the state.  One thing they have already found is a need for more Alzheimer's and dementia specialists, who are responsible for covering all 72 counties.

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