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The Alzheimer’s Association is hosting an Alzheimer's Rally Day to advocate for the North Dakota Dementia Care Services Program from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the state Capitol in Bismarck.

During the event, attendees will learn about the DCSP and ask their legislators to support funding in the Human Services budget to continue services.

“When my wife was first diagnosed, I was a bit of a basket case,” said George Berger, a hunting guide in Valley City. “I was seeking out someone to talk to and was told to contact the Alzheimer's Association. You think you can do everything on your own, but you can't — they can help.”

Berger will be sharing his story at Rally Day about caring for his wife and the support they have received.

North Dakota has the fifth highest Alzheimer's death rate in America, according to the association. There are 14,000 people living with Alzheimer's. More than 30,000 North Dakotans are caring for someone with dementia. In 2018, they spent 35 million hours providing unpaid care, which equates to a value of more than $437 million.

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