|Posted:||October 6, 2020 10:37 AM|
|From:||Representative Steve Samuelson and Rep. Gary Day, Rep. William C. Kortz, II|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and Caregivers Month|
|In the near future, we plan to introduce a resolution designating November 2020 as “Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and Caregivers Month” in Pennsylvania.
Alzheimer’s is an irreversible degenerative brain disorder that affects more than 5 million Americans. In Pennsylvania alone, over 400,000 citizens are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and related disorders..
Individuals afflicted with Alzheimer’s or related disorders require constant care and supervision. Many of these individuals are cared for by unpaid informal caregivers such as family members, friends, or loved ones.
Last year, more than 677,000 of these informal caregivers provided an estimated 771 million hours of unpaid care valued at more than $10.1 billion. Nationally, the value of the unpaid care provided to individuals living with Alzheimer’s and related disorders is estimated at $305 billion.
“Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and Caregivers Month” gives us the opportunity to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease and related disorders and recognize the devotion of our informal caregivers.
Please join us in co-sponsoring this resolution.
Introduced as HR1080