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
State slips to 41st in senior health rating
Georgia ranks 41st among states on older people’s health, down two spots from last year’s ranking, a new report says. The state improved on several measures despite the lower ranking, according to the fifth annual America’s Health Rankings Senior Report, produced by United Health Foundation. Georgia had a 12... Read more
Health officials probe death of Newnan nursing home patient after alleged attack
The state’s main health agency is investigating an injury suffered by a 98-year-old nursing home resident in Newnan, whose death led to criminal charges and the arrest of a nursing assistant. The Department of Community Health said this week that it has “an open investigation’’ of Edna Warren’s death.... Read more

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