BOSTON (WWLP) - Alzheimer's disease is marked by memory loss and eventually death.
Six years ago, Stephen Hume of Westfield was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
Hume is asking lawmakers to pass the Massachusetts Alzheimer's Project Act, a bill that would create an office for Alzheimer's disease in the state's Health and Human Services Department. He says the bill would improve training for caregivers and the quality of services available to Alzheimer's patients. Hume says the initial shock of his diagnosis left him feeling helpless, but he soon found a voice as a spokesperson for the Alzheimer's Association.
"Take some time and grieve and then get busy. Those people who are active, engaged, their rate of decline from Alzheimer's is slower and the quality of life is so much better," Hume said.
There are about 120,000 people in Massachusetts living with Alzheimer's disease and more than 200,000 caregivers in need of resources to look after them.