Representatives present dementia, Alzheimer's task force report

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Local representatives gathered Monday in Eau Claire to present a report on the speaker's task force on Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Republicans representatives Kathy Bernier and Mike Rohrkaske presented the report to Mayo Health System officials and community members.

The task force held six hearings around the state and several bills became law.

Bernier says it’s important to educate the public about dementia.

"Alzheimers and dementia is a significant problem as our aging population, baby boomers, are getting older and older and I think we brought it to everyone's attention. People are taking note of it, I guess, and just educating people is a huge advantage," said Rep. Kathy Bernier.

In March, Gov. Walker signed three bills into law designed to help people dealing with dementia.

The bills were part of a 10-proposal dementia package assembly republicans developed.

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