R 225
2018 -- S 2877
Enacted 05/08/2018

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Satchell, Ruggerio, Metts, Algiere, and Lombardi
Date Introduced: May 08, 2018

     WHEREAS, Alzheimer's disease, a progressive neurodegenerative brain disorder,
tragically robs individuals of their memories and leads to progressive mental and physical
impairments; and
     WHEREAS, Someone develops Alzheimer's disease every 66 seconds; and
     WHEREAS, There are no known treatments to prevent, cure, or even delay the onset or
slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease; and
     WHEREAS, Alzheimer's disease is on the rise with over 5 million Americans aged 65
and over living with the disease and another 200,000 people under age 65 having younger-onset
Alzheimer's disease; and
     WHEREAS, Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death, more than breast and
prostate cancer combined, and the fifth leading cause among the elderly; and
     WHEREAS, Alzheimer's disease is an unrelenting, progressive condition that destroys
brain cells. Alzheimer's places significant financial burdens on families and businesses with
businesses losing billions a year in lost productivity and replacement expenses for employees
who miss work or quit to care for a relative; and
     WHEREAS, According to the Alzheimer's Association's Facts and Figures report, the
direct costs of caring for those with Alzheimer's to American society is valued at $259 billion and
more than 15 million caregivers provided over 18 billion hours of unpaid care for those with
Alzheimer's and other dementias in 2016. In Rhode Island, nearly 53,000 family members and
friends cared for people with Alzheimer's and other dementias, providing 61 million hours of
unpaid care, with the annual value of this caregiving totaling $766 million; and
     WHEREAS, The impact of Alzheimer's and other dementias on Rhode Island families,
the health care system, and society as a whole is of great importance; and the need for home and
community-based services for those with Alzheimer's is on the rise and caregiver stress is at an
all-time high; and
     WHEREAS, Alzheimer's disease is a looming public health crisis and there is a need for
all policy makers to join in the efforts to raise awareness and to serve the hundreds of thousands
of persons with Alzheimer's and other dementias in Rhode Island, their families, and caregivers;
     WHEREAS, The mission of the Alzheimer's Association is to eliminate Alzheimer's
disease and other dementias through the advancement of research and promotion of brain health
and to enhance care and support for all individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their families
and caregivers; and
     WHEREAS, On May 8, 2018, Alzheimer's advocates will speak up for the needs and
rights of people with Alzheimer's and their families in order to make Alzheimer's disease a
priority public health issue in the State of Rhode Island; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
hereby recognizes the individuals, families, friends, and caregivers dealing with Alzheimer's
disease, the researchers who are seeking a cause or cure, and the efforts of the Alzheimer's
Association to raise funds and promote awareness in order to fight Alzheimer's and other
dementias, thereby improving the quality of human life for those living with Alzheimer's and
their caregivers; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That this Senate hereby commends the Rhode Island Chapter of the
Alzheimer's Association for the outstanding job they are doing to fight this terrible disease and to
advocate for those living with the disease, and furthermore proclaims May 8, 2018, to be
"Alzheimer's Awareness Day" in the State of Rhode Island; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to Ms. Donna McGowan, Executive Director,
Rhode Island Chapter, Alzheimer's Association.