New York State Department of Health recently awarded the Alzheimer’s Association, NYS Coalition a $24 million grant through the Alzheimer’s Disease Community Assistance Program.
The five-year award, which starts July 1, will allow one of the seven grant recipients, the Rochester and Finger Lakes Region chapter of the Association, to renew its commitment to serving people affected by Alzheimer’s in a nine-county area.
“We are honored to continue to deliver high quality programs and services for people who live with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia and their care partners,” said Teresa Galbier, treasurer of the Coalition, member of the Governor’s Coordinating Council for Alzheimer’s Disease and president/CEO of Alzheimer’s Association Rochester and Finger Lakes Region. “Because of this award, we can strengthen our assistance to those impacted by Alzheimer’s in all nine counties we serve and, in particular, in the underserved rural, African-American and Hispanic communities.”
Over the past five years, the AlzCAP grant allowed the Rochester and Finger Lakes chapter to offer care consultations, deliver educational programs, handle Helpline calls and conduct dozens of support groups for people who live with dementia and their care partners in Chemung, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates counties.
The Alzheimer’s Association Rochester and Finger Lakes Region provided training for faith-based organizations and first responders on how to better serve individuals with dementia. In addition, the grant made possible for the chapter to hold a health conference in Spanish for the local Hispanic community, an African-American health symposium and a Southern Tier care partner conference.
“As a member of the Governor’s Coordinating Council for Alzheimer’s Disease, I recognize that the AlzCAP grant is unprecedented in our nation,” Galbier said. “We commend Gov. Cuomo, the state Legislature and NYS Department of Health for their commitment to all New Yorkers who live with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.”
Established by legislative action in 1997 to address the escalating Alzheimer’s public health crisis, AlzCAP provides individualized and community education, and care and support services for people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias and their care partners. The seven Alzheimer’s Association chapters comprising the Coalition create the only statewide entity to support all 400,000 New Yorkers with Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., and the only one in the top 10 that cannot be prevented, slowed or cured. In the U.S., 5.7 million people have the brain disease, and nearly 1 in 3 seniors die each year from Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Alzheimer’s has far-reaching financial, physical and emotional effects that can touch entire families. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, New York has more than 1 million caregivers who will provide 1.2 billion hours of unpaid care in 2018, valued at $14.8 billion.