Walk to End Alzheimers PhotoState Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) recently participated in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Will County.

Bertino-Tarrant joined hundreds of people at the event to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease.

“It’s inspiring that so many people throughout our community are committed to helping people with Alzheimer’s,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “I look forward to continuing to work with advocates and the Alzheimer’s Association on initiatives that will improve patient care and provide family members and caregivers with the support they need.”

This year, Bertino-Tarrant co-sponsored a new law that creates minimum training standards for all residential and community-based programs that offer dementia care. The law was necessary because previously places could advertise they were experts in dementia care without having the training to back up their claims.

There are 220,000 Illinoisans who live with Alzheimer’s disease. In just a decade, Illinois is anticipated to see a near 20 percent increase in those living with Alzheimer’s.

 

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