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North Dakota Department of Human Services is hosting a public webinar on dementia care

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The North Dakota Department of Human Services is hosting a public webinar Thursday, May 19th from 12 to 12:30, to highlight the statewide Dementia Care Services Program. The webinar will focus on the education, care consultation, and support services offered to those struggling with dementia in North Dakota. Nikki Wegner is from the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Alzheimer's Association has been partnering with the Department of Human services Adult and Ageing Services division for many years, providing the Dementia Care services Program to help individuals impacted by dementia and their caregivers, to help with planning ahead, understanding the disease, and ultimately helping them to live full lives safely in the community or in long-term care.

Wegner says it is important to address the issue in North Dakota.

Dementia is very prevalent in the state of North Dakota. We estimate there to be 15,000 North Dakotans living with Alzheimer's disease, and that doesn't count all the other types of dementia that people are effected by as well. It is Alzheimer's disease that is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, but, here in North dakota, its actually the third leading cause of death.

The free webinar is available by phone or online on the DHS website.