Community, UGA collaborate on Alzheimer’s Registry

The UGA Institute of Gerontology hosted the Alzheimer’s Disease Registry Stakeholder Conference on June 16 allowing members of the Athens-Clarke County and UGA community to discuss potential elements of and use for a state Alzheimer’s registry. In March, the Georgia General Assembly passed HB 966, creating the registry that will be housed within the Georgia Department of Public Health. Georgia is only the third state to create such a tool useful for research, first responders, policy makers, caregivers, and families.

“This meeting is a follow-up to the May 22nd Department of Public Health discussion,” said Dr. Toni Miles, professor of epidemiology at the UGA College of Public Health and organizer of the event. “As a member of the original Georgia Alzheimer’s Task Force, I learned the importance of hearing many perspectives.”

The variety of stakeholders in attendance discussed what they would like to see in the registry and how it would be used. Recommendations were compiled and sent the Department of Public Health. Participants represented the UGA Law School, Carl Vinson Institute, Archway Partnership, College of Public Health, Emory University, Cooperative Extension, Athens Community Council on Aging, Athens Regional Health Systems, and Athens-Clarke County law enforcement.

Reported in the UGA Office of Government Relations Community Relations Summer 2014 Newsletter. Read it here.

Posted June 16, 2014.