An advocate and gentleman: Farewell to the man in the cowboy hat
To the casual observer, he was a friendly guy with a cowboy hat who roamed the state Capitol to push legislation to help Georgia’s seniors. But to those who knew him well, Charles “Chuck’’ Ware was the consummate advocate, a man whose work touched countless lives. He passed away recently at... Read more
Alzheimer’s deaths in Georgia show major increase
Georgia’s death toll from Alzheimer’s disease has increased by 201 percent since the year 2000, and now exceeds 3,700 people annually. That jump was included in new statistics on the disease released Tuesday by the Alzheimer’s Association at a state Capitol news conference. An estimated 140,000 Georgians are living with Alzheimer’s,... Read more
Avoiding tragedies: Police try to make the world safer for dementia patients
Imagine being lost at 3 o’clock in the morning, approaching a house you think is your own, and then being fatally shot. That’s what happened to 72-year-old Ronald Westbrook, a man with Alzheimer’s disease who was mistaken for an intruder in Walker County in 2013. The shooter was a homeowner who... Read more
Step by weary step: Why people walk far (and near) to raise Alzheimer’s awareness 
With sore legs and a swollen ankle, William Glass reached the end of his journey early Monday morning. A journey of more than 600 miles. On foot. Glass made the trek from Atlanta to Washington, D.C., to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s. His mother has the disease, and is a resident of an... Read more
Georgia agencies boost effects to fight elder abuse
Georgia state agencies have ramped up efforts to crack down on elder abuse, with law enforcement training and a tougher criminal code. Read the full article: Associated Press Read more

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