New figures from the Alzheimer’s Association show 75-thousand people in Idaho - usually family members - are helping care for a patient with the disease. An organization known as the Idaho Alzheimer’s Planning Group is working on a state plan to help patients and those caregivers. Samantha Wright spoke with two key players in that process. MacKenzie Rodgers directs the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Idaho and is a member of the planning committee. Mike Berlin is a gerontologist and leads the group.
The next step for the 12-member Idaho Alzheimer’s Planning Group is to finish gathering data and community input. They’ll do that this summer. Then the group will prioritize those issues specific to each region of Idaho.