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Alzheimer's Disease Month

Post Date:11/07/2019 9:49 AM



WHEREAS, Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain causing deterioration in memory and thinking, as well as judgment and reasoning ability; it also affects behavior, emotions and the ability to perform self-care; and
WHEREAS, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that Alzheimer’s is the fifth leading cause of death for adults 65 years of age and older in the United States; and

WHEREAS, Alzheimer’s disease costs the United States approximately $100 billion per year in diagnosis, extended care, family caregiver illness and lost wages, according to the National Institute on Aging; and

WHEREAS, the New Mexico Department of Health reports that Alzheimer’s Disease is the eighth leading cause of death for New Mexicans; and

WHEREAS, on March 5th, 2019 the Alzheimer's Association released its annual 2019 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report. Nationally, according to the new report, an estimated 5.8 million Americans of all ages are now living with Alzheimer’s disease; and

WHEREAS, the 2019 Facts and Figures report also states that New Mexico’s numbers are on the rise. In just one year, the number of New Mexicans living with Alzheimer’s disease has risen from 39,000 to 41,000. That figure is projected to rise to 53,000 by 2025; and

WHEREAS, the number of unpaid family caregivers in New Mexico, typically family members , who are taking care of these people has risen to 108,000, and

WHEREAS, additionally, Hispanics, which make up as much as 48% of New Mexico’s population, are about one and one-half times as likely as whites to have Alzheimer’s or other dementias; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Chet Spear, Chairman of the Curry County Board of Commission, do hereby proclaim November 2019, as “ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH” in Curry County and commend its observance to all citizens.

Click here to view the signed proclamation.

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