‘Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day’ At Legislature Jan. 30

Alzheimer’s Association News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter has announced details of its Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day at the State Capitol during the upcoming legislative session.
 
The New Mexico Chapter will host legislators, caregivers and people diagnosed with the disease, along with concerned members of the community, 9 a.m. to noon, Jan. 30 in the Rotunda of the State Capitol Building.
 
This event will provide a valuable opportunity for all who are, or have been, affected by the disease to discuss, advocate and increase awareness of Alzheimer’s with state legislators.
 
A press conference, beginning at 10 a.m., will feature remarks from distinguished members of the legislature and the community. A proclamation designating this special event as “Alzheimer’s Awareness Day in the Legislature” will follow.
 
The Capitol Building is at the corner of Old Santa Fe Trail and Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe. The event is free of charge and the public is welcome to attend.
 
Alzheimer’s takes a devastating toll – not just on those with the disease, but on entire families. In New Mexico, 39,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s. They are cared for by 107,000 unpaid caregivers, many of whom are members of their own families.
 
“Alzheimer’s is already the most expensive and devastating disease in America, and the number of people who have it is expected to grow dramatically in the coming years,” said Executive Director Gary L.J. Girón of the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter. “We need to ensure that our seniors and their families affected by this disease have sufficient access to the services they need.”
 
For more information, contact Public Policy Director Tommy Hernandez at 505.266.4473 or tjhernandez@alz.org.
 
The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease is growing – and growing fast. Today, 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including an estimated 200,000 under the age of 65. It is the 6th leading cause of death in the US. Nearly one in every three seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer’s or another dementia*.
 
Every 65 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s dementia. By 2050, someone in the United States will develop Alzheimer’s dementia every 33 seconds. By that same year, as many as 14 million will have the disease.
 
Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s.
 
The Alzheimer’s Association is the largest and most impactful nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s and dementia science in the world. Currently, the Association’s active investment in research totals nearly $110 million in 19 countries.
 
Cognitive Decline is a strong indicator of future dementia, and according to figures released by the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, it is a growing burden in New Mexico. As of 2016, 12.5 percent (or 1 in every eight) New Mexicans 45 and older report confusion or memory loss happening more often or getting worse (“subjective cognitive decline”); 33 percent of those with memory problems live alone, and for those with worsening memory problems, 58.2 percent say it has created “functional difficulties”. Nearly 54 percent of those with memory problems have not spoken to their doctor or healthcare professional about it. If you feel like you may be experiencing memory issues, speak with your doctor about it.
 
If you need help, call us. Our 24/7 Helpline anytime is available any time, day or night for support or information: 1.800.272.3900.
 
The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter offers many free services and resources to caregivers and families facing the disease: support groups, care consultations, respite, educational presentations, safety programs, information and referral and more.
 
We have five branch offices in the state: Albuquerque (Main Office), Santa Fe (Northeastern New Mexico), Farmington (Northwestern New Mexico), Roswell (Southeastern New Mexico) and Las Cruces (Southwestern New Mexico). All offices may be contacted by calling 1.800.272.3900.
 
*Source for all statistics: The 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report at www.alz.org/facts.
 
About the Alzheimer’s Association®
 
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit www.alz.org or call 1.800.272.3900.
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