The number of people who die of Alzheimer’s is on the rise.
It’s the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and has no cure.
Carolyn Mutcherson spoke in front of people affected by Alzheimer’s Disease Friday morning at a legislative breakfast session at Holyoke Community College.
“The physician asked [my mother], ‘how do you feel?’ and she said “I feel like I’m in a dark room and I can’t find my way out,” Mutcherson says.
Research says by 2050 nearly 14 million people will have the disease.
People at the Alzheimer’s association call it a public health crisis.
“It’s important that we’re smart about this and we develop the appropriate plans and have the appropriate training for our clinicians in order to deal with this disease and the impact of dementia as a whole,” the Alzheimer’s Association’s director of public policy, Daniel Zotos says.
Part of the reason the Alzheimer’s Association holds events just like this one at Holyoke Community College is to get you to help pass a bill that deals with Alzheimer’s and dementia. All you have to do is scan a QR code on these cards and it’ll tell your senator to pass the bill.
“This card is really quick. You can just do it with your phone camera. You don’t even need an app,” says Ayah Roda, who came up with the idea for the card. “You just scan it and it opens up right away.”
The bill passed the State House of Representatives unanimously at the end of January.
It would establish a permanent advisory council on how deal with Alzheimer’s Diease and set standards for education and caregiving.
If the State Senate passes the bill, it will be the first of its kind in the country.