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Alzheimer's town hall meeting set for Thursday

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -- An intimate, town hall setting on Alzheimer's is set for Thursday evening in Richmond, with local, state and national leaders for anyone. Those leaders are hoping that hundreds of you will show up to learn more about this deadly disease.

Day by day, Beverly Fox was losing her father. "We always assumed he was a little slow, a little senile. But, I'm not figuring out it was Alzheimer's that took him away. The pictures are like Polaroid, memories fading away."

That's exactly why Beverly is helping to organize this intimate, town hall on Thursday. A chance for anyone -- from caregivers to family members -- to learn what it's like and what it takes to care for someone suffering from this deadly disease.

"It's like mom wants to drive the car but I can't give her the keys anymore, how do I handle that? And, we got people in the room to tell them exactly what to do," says Fox.  

Experts in the field -- and also experts in our community, including Richmond's Mayor, who will be there to find out how to improve services in and around town.

"What problems they are encountering and trying to navigate the waters with this disease so they can know where to go to get the services," adds Fox.  

Services that are being used now more and more. "It can affect your life today. If you find out that your mom or grandma has Alzheimer, your life changes at that moment," says Fox.  

She's on a mission: a mission to help you get through it all.

The town hall meeting will take place at 7pm on Thursday, at Fifth Baptist Church, 1415 W. Cary Street, Richmond.

There are other events taking place later this year, including a two-day event at the Landmark Theater. More details on that will be coming out in the next few weeks.

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