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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Updated Alzheimer’s Statistics Demonstrate Need for Long-Term Plan

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Women More Impacted by the Disease

Reacting to the latest set of statistics provided by the Alzheimer’s Association, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove, remarked on the need to press forward with New Jersey’s plan for developing a long-term strategy to improve treatment for those suffering from the disease and strengthen the support system for caregivers.

Connors, Rumpf and Gove wrote the 2011 bipartisan supported law that established the Alzheimer’s Disease Study Commission, which was first proposed by the Alzheimer’s Association Greater New Jersey Chapter. The Commission, which Senator Connors serves on as a legislative member, is tasked with studying the current impact and incidence of Alzheimer’s disease among State residents and making projections about the future impact and incidence among State residents.

Further, the Commission is studying the state’s role in long-term care, family caregiver support and assistance to persons with early stage and early onset Alzheimer’s disease. The needs of persons with Alzheimer’s disease, their family members and caregivers is also a primary focus of the Commission as it assesses the availability and affordability of existing services, programs, facilities and agencies to meet those needs.

The 9th District Legislators issued the following statement regarding the release of the Alzheimer’s Association 2014 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures:

“Staggering information recently released by the Alzheimer’s Association shows that in light of our state’s large senior population, New Jersey is experiencing a rapid increase in the number of individuals that have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Figures show that New Jersey residents over age 65 with Alzheimer’s is now expected to increase 24 percent by 2025, from 170,000 to 210,000. The very serious implications associated with these alarming statistics take on even greater meaning for our Legislative District which has among the highest concentration of senior citizens and age-restricted communities anywhere in the state.

“In its continuing role to not only improve treatment but also promote awareness of the disease, the Alzheimer’s Association is emphasizing that women are at the epicenter of the Alzheimer’s crisis. Women constitute two-thirds of state residents diagnosed with the disease coupled with the 443,000 residents currently serving as caregivers, according to figures prepared by the Alzheimer’s Association. For New Jersey, this means more than 380,000 women are directly impacted by the disease.

“The Alzheimer’s Disease Study Commission is continuing its work in identifying and examining the most pressing issues that must be incorporated into a long-term state strategic plan, which has proven challenging given the scope and magnitude of the disease. To be effective, the Commission is composed of persons with direct experience with the range of complicated issues associated with Alzheimer’s, including three health care professionals, a member of the clergy with experience in providing emotional and spiritual care and a practicing attorney with expertise in legal and financial planning for the elderly. The Alzheimer’s Association is also represented on the Commission.”

The Alzheimer’s Association’s 2014 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures can be reviewed at the following link: http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_facts_and_figures.asp.

Additional information on research and community education programs as well as contact information for those persons seeking assistance with Alzheimer’s related issues can be found on the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Chapter of New Jersey’s website: http://www.alz.org/nj/index.asp.

The Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 Helpline is 1-800-272-3900.

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