The Alzheimer’s Association, New York State Coalition (alznys.org) has been awarded $24 million by the New York State Department of Health through the Alzheimer’s Disease Community Assistance Program (AlzCAP) to maintain its leadership of the grant. The award, which commences July 1, 2018, and continues for five years, will enable the Coalition to maintain its statewide services to serve those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
Established by legislative action in 1997 to address the escalating Alzheimer’s public health crisis, AlzCAP provides individualized and community education, and care and support services for people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias and their care partners. The seven Alzheimer’s Association chapters comprising the Coalition create the only statewide entity to support all New Yorkers with Alzheimer’s disease
“We are proud to continue our long-standing and successful stewardship of AlzCAP,” said Jane Ginsburg, Executive Director of the Coalition. “Alzheimer’s disease is a public health crisis. This level of funding is unique to New York State, and we commend Governor Cuomo, the New York State Legislature and the Department of Health for their continued commitment to this vulnerable population and their care partners.”
Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the only one in the top 10 that cannot be prevented, slowed or cured. In the United States, Nearly one in three seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer’s or another dementia, and the far-reaching financial, physical and emotional effects of the disease can touch entire families. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, New York has more than one million caregivers who will provide 1.2 billion hours of unpaid care in 2018, valued at $14.8 billion.
Christopher Smith, Executive Director for the Alzheimer’s Association and New York State Region Lead stated, “The statistics in New York State are increasing and the number of those affected by Alzheimer’s is expected to grow 18 percent by 2025, which is why this grant is so important. We are especially grateful for the opportunities this AlzCAP funding provides to our care and support teams, who serve vulnerable and underserved communities in New York City and across the state.”
Alzheimer’s Association chapters provide in-person care and support services in every county in New York State, including care consultations; family, professional and gatekeeper educational programs; a free 24-hour Helpline 800.272.3900 with translation services to more than 200 languages; expert information and referrals; and support groups. To locate programs and services near you, visit alz.org or call 1-800-272-3900.
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