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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: July 10, 2020 10:30 AM
From: Representative Thomas P. Murt
To: All House members
Subject: Designating November 2020 as "Dementia Awareness Month" in PA
 
Dementia is a general term for a severe decline in mental ability with symptoms that continue to get worse regardless of medical treatment. Unfortunately, those suffering from Dementia have many problems with their short-term memory. They may experience challenges in their day-to-day activities, such as keeping track of their wallet, purse or keys, paying their bills, preparing meals, as well as remembering appointments.

Individuals who suffer from this disease often become confused, sad, overwhelmed and sometimes violent as they lose their ability to function as they once did. 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 often 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 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 have 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 will introduce a resolution designating November 2020 as “Dementia Awareness Month.”

Please consider joining me in supporting this important resolution.



Introduced as HR948