Wednesday January 30, 2019 at 9am
According to the Alzheimer’s Association of New Mexico, Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disease and the most common form of dementia. Dementia is not a specific disease. It’s an overall term that describes a group of symptoms. Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. Approximately 39,000 New Mexicans have Alzheimer’s, and approximately 106,000 New Mexicans are unpaid family caregivers.
Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day at The Roundhouse is Wednesday January 30, 2019 at 9am. Advocates from across New Mexico will descend on the steps of the state capital to add their voices to this growing concern.
Two pieces of legislation will be introduced during the legislative session to bring support and awareness for Alzheimer’s patients. The first has been prefiled by Senator Richard Martinez, lead sponsor for SB 42, “AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY; EXPANDING THE NOTIFICATION AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTAIN MISSING PERSONS.” The second piece of legislation will be to create a NM license plate for Alzheimer’s awareness.
On Friday January 11, 2019 Gary Giron, Executive Director, and Tommy Hernandez, Public Policy Director, for ALZ NM, discussed the importance of Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day at the Roundhouse. Listen below.