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ACT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2007-2008

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NO. R-61.  House concurrent resolution honoring the dementia respite program on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Awareness Day.

(H.C.R.39)

Offered by:  Representative Head of South Burlington and French of Randolph

Whereas, Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a debilitating form of dementia that involves the gradual destruction of a person’s brain cells and can last from three to 20 years before the death of the individual, and

Whereas, nationally, one in ten persons over the age of 65 and nearly one‑half of those over age 85 will contract AD, and according to the 2000 United States Census, the number of persons with AD in Vermont exceeded 11,000, and it is expected to increase as the state’s population continues to age, and

Whereas, the ability to perform daily tasks decreases as the disease becomes increasingly severe over time; however, 70 percent of those with AD continue to live at home, and

Whereas, a large number of AD care providers are family members and friends as it costs an average of $25.32 per hour for a home health aide, and private nursing home care in a single room averages over $70,000.00 annually on a national basis, and

Whereas, the burden on AD caregivers, 61.3 percent of whom are female and the wives and daughters of individuals with AD, is especially severe because 71 percent of the caregivers serve in this role for more than one year while 32 percent continue for over five years, and

Whereas, the work of AD caregivers is heroic; they often are forced to make significant long-term personal sacrifices that can affect their careers and family lives in a negative way, and

Whereas, through the dementia respite program, individuals who are caregivers for persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders are provided the ability to continue their regular employment, participate in family events, and simply have the chance to rest and catch up on their lives, and

Whereas, during fiscal year 2006, the caregivers of 370 Vermonters were able to take advantage of the dementia respite program that the department of disabilities, aging, and independent living administers with funds from the federal Alzheimer Disease Demonstration Grant to States, and

Whereas, as a result of this program, 27.3 percent of the participating family caregivers were able to remain employed and not be forced to sacrifice their economic livelihoods, while others were able to participate in additional personal activities, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors the dementia respite program on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Awareness Day, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the department of disabilities, aging, and independent living.

 



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