Joe Robach Educates Seniors about Alzheimer’s Disease

                Senator Joe Robach  and the rest of the New York State Senate has taken the guess work out of Alzheimer’s education for seniors by providing several forums and informational sessions about Alzheimer’s.  Several informational sessions for both the patient and the family have been provided to people seeking assistance.

              Recently, Joe Robach and his staff were invited to participate in a legislative breakfast and were brought up to speed with the Alzheimer’s Association programs and services overview.  The Coalition of New York State Alzheimer’s Association Chapters Legislative Agenda was also discussed.

             Joe Robach understands how difficult it can be for seniors who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  Joe Robach will continue to work with the rest of the New York State Legislature for passage of the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act(UAGPPJA).  This bill has been passed in several states.  The UAGPPJA is a law which would establish a uniform set of rules for people with Alzheimer’s and would simplify the process for determining jurisdiction.

           According to the Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, in the United States,  by 2025, there will be an increase of roughly 6% of seniors with the disease.  Joe Robach understands that for seniors, Alzheimer’s is the fifth leading cause of death for people over the age of 65 and will continue to work with the rest of the New York State Legislature to not only continue to educate seniors, but to also work hard to ensure funding for research continues.

           At the national level, $50 million has been included for Alzheimer’s research in this fiscal year’s budget.  It has also been discussed that funding will increase by $80 million in its 2013 budget.  Roughly $26 million will be toward caregivier support, provider education, and public awareness.  Joe Robach commends the federal government by having such a financial commitment to defeating the disease and will continue to fight for seniors at the state level as well.