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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: May 7, 2019 01:11 PM
From: Representative Thomas P. Murt
To: All House members
Subject: Designating May 2019 as “Dementia Awareness Month”
Dementia is a general term for a severe decline in mental ability with symptoms that continue to decline regardless of medical treatment. Unfortunately, those suffering from dementia have many problems with their short-term memory. This causes many problems in their daily lives, such as keeping track of their wallet, purse or keys, paying their bills, preparing meals, remembering appointments as well as becoming confused enough to wander from home and get lost.

Individuals who suffer from this disease often become confused, sad, overwhelmed and sometimes violent as they lose their normal mental functions. They do not understand what is happening or why it is happening to them. It is incredibly important for these individuals to have stability given by loved ones and other caregivers who support them through the transitions associated with this disease.

Due to the various types and causes of dementia, more times than not, a team is required to help care for and maintain the dementia sufferer’s health. As the disease progresses, the caregivers’ roles will change. Thankfully, there are many people and organizations throughout the state of Pennsylvania who dedicate their lives to helping individuals, families and those suffering from the disease.

Caring for a person with Dementia is not easy, there are many ups and downs for both the family members and the caregivers who’ve established a relationship with that person. It is because of the love and dedication of these individuals that those suffering from Dementia have a support system to rely on to help them with their daily activities and to feel safe.

To honor the caregivers and the individuals suffering from Dementia, I am introducing a resolution designating May 2019 as “Dementia Awareness Month.” No one should have to fight this disease alone, either as the family members or the individual with the disease. It is important to shed the light on the commitment that the caregivers provide to show that their efforts are not unnoticed or in vain. It is also vital to show those suffering from the disease that they are not alone, people care and they want to help find a cure for this devastating disease.

Please consider joining me in supporting this important resolution.

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Introduced as HR321