ALBUQUERQUE ― The Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter is pleased to announce a Grand Opening event for its partner in the battle to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease, the UNM Memory and Aging Center.
The UNM Memory and Aging Center is the only center devoted to Alzheimer’s and dementia research and treatment in New Mexico or the Mountain West region. It is part of UNM’s Health Sciences Center.
The center was created under the direction of Gary Rosenberg, MD, to specifically help patients with various types of neurologic conditions that affect cognition and behavior, with an emphasis on disorders that affect older individuals.
The Grand Opening Ceremony is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6. This event will allow community members to informally meet the faculty and staff, and tour the research facilities. There also will be speakers from Health Science Center leadership, the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter (Gary L. J. Girón, Executive Director), and other pertinent healthcare agencies. Refreshments also will be available.
To RSVP for the event, email: UNM-MAC@salud.unm.edu. Transportation from UNMH locations can be accessed by calling the UNMH shuttle at 2-3976.
The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease is growing – and growing fast. Today, 5.5 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, and nearly two-thirds of those with Alzheimer’s disease – 3.3 million – are women. Nearly one in every three seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer’s or another dementia*.
Every 66 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 16 million will have the disease.
There is no cure for Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in America. The cost of caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias is estimated to total $259 billion in 2017, increasing to $1.1 trillion by mid-century.
Alzheimer’s takes a devastating toll – not just on those with the disease, but on entire families. In our own state, 38,000 New Mexicans are suffering from Alzheimer’s. They are cared for by 106,000 unpaid caregivers, many of whom are members of their own families.
If you need help, the 24/7 Helpline anytime is available any time, day or night for support or information at 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 2017 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.