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'Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day' At Legislature Jan. 18

on December 8, 2017 - 7:05am
ALBUQUERQUE  The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter is inviting all caregivers, supporters and concerned community members to join them for a day of advocacy and awareness-building with New Mexico’s policy-makers at the Santa Fe Capitol Building for Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day.
Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day is 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Jan. 18 at the Legislature. There will be a Press Conference at 11 a.m. The Capitol Building (aka “The Roundhouse”) is located at the corner of Old Santa Fe Trail and Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe. The event is free of charge and concerned citizens are encouraged to attend.
The Association will be challenging New Mexico lawmakers to recognize Alzheimer’s disease and its burden on the state’s unpaid family caregivers as a public health crisis. Over 38,000 New Mexicans currently live with the disease, a number projected to increase to 53,000 by 2025. They are currently being cared for by 106,000 unpaid family caregivers, who are incurring higher health costs themselves (70 million in 2016).
A diverse array of speakers will present at the press conference, including Kyky Knowles (Secretary, NM Aging and Long-Term Services Department), Janice Knoefel, MD (Clinical Director, UNM Memory and Aging Center), Sen. Richard C. Martinez (District 5), Rep. Deborah A. Armstrong (District 17) and former US Air Force Flight Engineer Chuck McClatchy, an Alzheimer’s Association advocate who was diagnosed with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s disease at age 61.
Participants will be encouraged to join the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter as they visit each state legislator’s office to advocate for Alzheimer’s disease awareness.
“Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in America, and the number of people who have it is expected to grow dramatically in the coming years,” says Gary L.J. Girón (Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter). “Better treatments, earlier detection, and prevention strategies are needed now.” 
All media outlets in the state are highly encouraged to attend and document this press conference. For media inquiries, contact: Chris Chaffin, Media Director, Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter 1.(800)
The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease is growing – and growing fast.  Today, 5.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including an estimated 200,000 under the age of 65. It is the 6th leading cause of death in the US, and nearly two-thirds of those with Alzheimer’s disease – 3.3 million – are women. 
Nearly one in every three seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer’s or another dementia*.
Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s dementia. By 2050, someone in the United States will develop Alzheimer’s dementia every 33 seconds. By that same year, as many as 16 million will have the disease. 
Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in America. The cost of caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias is estimated to total $259 billion in 2017, increasing to $1.1 trillion by mid-century.
Alzheimer’s takes a devastating toll – not just on those with the disease, but on entire families. In our own state, 38,000 New Mexicans are suffering from Alzheimer’s. 
They are cared for by 106,000 unpaid caregivers, many of whom are members of their own families. 
If you need help, call us. Our 24/7 Helpline anytime is available any time, day or night for support or information: 1.(800).272.3900
The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter offers many free services and resources to caregivers and families facing the disease: support groups, care consultations, respite, educational presentations, safety programs, information and referral and more. 
We have five branch offices in the state: Albuquerque (Main Office), Santa Fe (Northeastern New Mexico), Farmington (Northwestern New Mexico), Roswell (Southeastern New Mexico) and Las Cruces (Southwestern New Mexico). All offices may be contacted by calling 1.(800).272.3900
*Source for all statistics: The 2017 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report at
About the Alzheimer’s Association®
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit or call 1.(800).272.3900.