Cuomo should increase funding for Alzheimer’s

Across Western New York, 55,000 people live with the life-altering and incurable disease of Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. Another 155,000 people provide some kind of care – mostly non-paid, family care – and research indicates that Alzheimer’s is the defining disease of the baby-boom generation. Costs to Medicare will increase more than 600 percent, with families bearing an out-of-pocket increase in expenses of more than 400 percent, by 2050.

In 2011, New York State, through the State Health Department’s Alzheimer’s Community Assistance Program, invested just $1.84 for every New Yorker diagnosed with the disease. When New York committed to making a difference in fighting AIDS and cancer, with a much more generous allocation, those monies produced valuable and life-improving programs for those living with these devastating diseases. We are now urging the governor to make the same commitment to improve the quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Eric Wiedemann, Psy. D.

President, board of directors

Leilani Joven Pelletier, M.S.

Executive director

Alzheimer’s Association,

Western New York Chapter