United Senior Services committed to helping those with Alzheimers

Clark County officials are working to offer a variety of programs for older residents who need memory care and for those who support them.

Many older Clark County residents who live at home have dementia and need help, according to Wanda Atkins at United Senior Services.

“There’s a lot of need,” she said. “A lot of people want to stay in their homes.”

In the Miami Valley region, census data show that Clark County has one of the highest percentages of residents 65 and older. Clark County’s 65 and older population is 19 percent of the total population. In Ohio, the population over 65 is 16.7 percent.

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Maureen Fagans, Executive Director and CEO of United Senior Services, said her group has seen an increase in residents with dementia needing in-home services. These residents are living in their homes longer.

“The people we serve are people who don’t have other options,” Fagans said. “They don’t have savings or long-term care coverage.”

The Alzheimer’s Association offers two dementia caregiver support groups in Clark County, one at the Masonic Home in the Pathways Center and one at Goodwill Easter Seals Adult Day program site. These programs are held each month, and no reservation is needed.

At United Senior Services, Clark County families can discuss Alzheimer’s/memory loss issues with a social worker from the Alzheimer’s Association. To schedule a meeting, call 1-800-272-3900.

These no-cost meetings can be set up to discuss getting a diagnosis of memory loss and how to get connected with local resources.

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