In a tour across the state, Professor Joseph Gaugler, PhD, hopes to meet with families and professionals to talk about Alzheimer’s disease, share information and stories, and help people realize they are not alone on the dementia journey. He will speak at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Crosslake Lutheran Church.

Gaugler is the Robert L. Kane endowed chair in long-term care and aging at the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health. His research interests are in Alzheimer's disease, long-term care and finding innovative ways to support families who care for relatives with memory loss.

Approximately 94,000 Minnesotans live with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia, and a quarter million people provide unpaid care to these individuals. The value of this care to Minnesota and society is more than $3.5 billion per year, which exceeds the annual revenue of some Fortune 500 companies.