We are pleased to welcome the Coalition of New York State Alzheimer’s Association Chapters as a guest blogger! Join the group at the State Capitol on May 16 to help end Alzheimer’s disease.
New York State is home to the fourth largest number of people in the United States with Alzheimer’s disease. In 2010, an estimated 320,000 people age 65 and older in New York had Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia. By 2025, that figure is expected to reach 350,000.
Without a way to cure, prevent or slow Alzheimer’s disease, education and early detection are essential strategies to address this growing crisis. The sooner a diagnosis can be made, the better the opportunities are for treatment and for involving the patients in care planning while they are still able to participate.
Education and early detection are central to the recommendations released this week by the state’s Coordinating Council for Services Related to Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias. The Coordinating Council, which crafted the state’s Alzheimer’s plan, issued its first report in 2009 and provides updated recommendations every two years.
The Coalition of New York State Alzheimer’s Association Chapters is looking forward to engaging Governor Cuomo, the Legislature and the State Department of Health in efforts to ensure that:
The Council’s recommendations can help position New York State to tackle the growing impact and costs of Alzheimer’s. New York’s lawmakers must act now to support and protect the individuals and families who are facing this devastating disease.
– By Catherine James and Elaine Sproat, Co-Chairs of the Coalition of New York State Alzheimer’s Association Chapters
-Jaime Venditti, 5/4/12