NO. R-177. House concurrent resolution welcoming to the State House the commission on Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.
Offered by: Representative Head of South Burlington.
Whereas, Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the leading cause of dementia, a disorder that gradually destroys a person’s memory and ability to learn, reason, make judgments, communicate, and perform daily activities, and
Whereas, this disease has no single known cause, but the greatest known risk factors for late onset (after age 65) are increasing age and family history with the disease, and
Whereas, the course and progression of the disease depend on the afflicted individual, but on average, a person lives for eight to 10 years after an initial diagnosis, although an individual can live with the disease for as many as 20 years, and
Whereas, one in 10 persons over age 65 and nearly one‑half of those over age 85 are victims of this dreaded disease, and
Whereas, based on Census 2000 data, 11,000 Vermonters have Alzheimer’s disease, and
Whereas, Alzheimer’s disease costs American businesses $61 billion on an annual basis, and the average lifetime care for an individual with AD is $174,000.00, and
Whereas, Alzheimer’s disease is a tragic disease that can deprive individuals of decades of meaningful living, and
Whereas, Alzheimer’s disease is not only a tragedy for the individual victims, but it places an enormous and difficult burden both emotionally and physically on their families, and
Whereas, while a cure for Alzheimer’s disease is not on the immediate medical horizon, research efforts to assist in finding a cure and programs to alleviate the problems associated with Alzheimer’s disease serve important roles, and
Whereas, in Vermont, the General Assembly has established the Commission on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders to “advise state agencies on matters of state policy relating to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia‑related disorders,” and
Whereas, the commission’s activities have been of great assistance to both AD victims and their families, and
Whereas, the commission’s members are visiting the State House today, April 26, 2005, to inform legislators concerning the commission’s activities, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly welcomes to the State House the members of the Commission on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders and congratulates them for their dedication to assisting victims and families of victims of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia‑related disorders, and be it further
Resolved: That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Commission on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders.
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