Earlier this month, New York state approved the budget which allotted $50 million for the care of people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families.
Learn more about their plan for this money and how it can help combat Alzheimer’s and improve the lives of people affected by the disease.
New York has pledged $50 million over a two year period to invest in improving care for people with Alzheimer’s.
According the the New York State Alzheimer’s Association Chapters, this is the largest amount ever committed to people with the disease and their families by any state.
The $50 million will be spread over several resources, all aimed at improving the lives of people with dementia and their caregivers which includes:
The $50 million for Alzheimer’s care was proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York, and was approved by lawmakers in early April of 2015. Acting State Health Commissioner, Howard A. Zucker, said:
“Anyone who has had any friends or relatives with Alzheimer’s knows it really cuts to the core. He (Cuomo) wanted us to look at this from all different angles.”
He also commented the financial commitment was a reflection of of the Governor’s view of Alzheimer’s as a major challenge to public health.
Recent statistics released by the Alzheimer’s Association support Governor Cuomo’s concerns about Alzheimer’s.
The numbers are more than concerning, especially given the historically limited funding given to Alzheimer’s research. Some of these shocking statistics are listed below:
New York’s budget allotment for Alzheimer’s care is unprecedented, and we hope more states will follow its lead with increased funding for Alzheimer’s care and research.
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