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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: April 9, 2019 12:14 PM
From: Senator John P. Sabatina, Jr.
To: All Senate members
Subject: Resolution: June as "Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month" in PA
In the near future, I will offer a resolution marking the month of June as "Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month" in PA.

The Alzheimer's Association seeks support to raise awareness of this debilitating disease and the need to increase efforts to combat its human and economic costs; in addition to the public health burden throughout our Commonwealth.

It is estimated that 5.8 million Americans of all ages are living with Alzheimer’s, including 200,000 people under age 65 who have younger-onset Alzheimer’s in the United States, and more than 280,000 Pennsylvanians age 65 and older living with the disease.

Those with Alzheimer’s and dementia require more and more support and resources as cognitive, behavioral and physical functioning worsens over time, placing enormous burdens on government budgets and out-of-pocket expenses. The lifetime cost of care for those with dementia nearly doubles than those without.

This year, June 21, 2019 (the beginning of the Summer Solstice) has been declared "The Longest Day," with teams around the world coming together to honor the strength, passion and endurance of individuals facing Alzheimer's disease. This day will be marked with a day of activity and advocacy to carry out the slogan, “The Day With the Most Light, is the Day We Fight”

Please join me in co-sponsoring this resolution to mark the month of June as "Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month" in the Commonwealth.

Introduced as SR142