Oregon caregivers and Alzheimer's patients join together in hopes of a plan

Caregivers and Alzheimer's patients join forces to develop a planIndividuals who are suffering from Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers have rallied in Salem, Oregon, in order to develop a plan for the future of the disease, as it is expected to affect a great deal more Americans as the baby boomer generation starts to grow older, according to the Statesman Journal.

The news source reports that 76,000 Oregonians are suffering from the disease, and it is expected to grow rapidly in numbers in the upcoming decade. The group of caregivers and patients in this town are going to their town halls in order to for the healthcare profession to be more aware of what is coming up - and they are finally starting to listen.

"They're taking the time to listen," caregiver Melanie Bamforth told the media outlet. "That makes all the difference in the world."

According to the Alzheimer's Association, more than 5 million individuals are affected in the U.S. by this neurological disorder. There are millions of unpaid caregivers, and many provide home care for loved ones who are diagnosed with the disease.