Rochester City Hall and Rundel Memorial Library building in downtown were lit in purple to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and other dementias and honor all the families affected by the disease.
The New York State Senate and Assembly passed Joint Resolution 5108 recognizing a proclamation by Gov. Andrew Cuomo of June as Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month in New York State.
On June 6, Sen. Sue Serino, R-Hyde Park, presented the proclamation to Alzheimer’s Association advocates during a ceremony at the Capitol in Albany.
“Alzheimer’s disease is an epidemic that affects more than just the person diagnosed. Family and friends see their loved one struggle with the changes related to the brain disease, while dealing with changes to their personal and professional lives,” Chair of the Senate Committee on Aging Serino said. “By raising concern for the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and building awareness for its symptoms and the need to seek an early diagnosis, we can improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers.”
There are 5.7 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, including 400,000 in New York State. More than 1 million New Yorkers provide unpaid care to someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. That unpaid care represents an economic value of nearly $14.8 billion. Alzheimer’s creates a major burden to the state’s Medicaid coffers. In 2018, New York will spend $4.834 billion Medicaid dollars on the care for people with Alzheimer’s disease — more than any other state in America.
“New York’s Alzheimer’s caregivers are projected to have $881 million more in aggravated health care costs than non-caregivers this year,” said Ian Magerkurth, director of government affairs for the Alzheimer’s Association in New York State. “We are grateful for the leadership of Gov. Cuomo, Sen. Serino, Assemblymember Titone and the legislative branch to support all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementia.”