Join the cause
The Utah State Legislature passed a joint resolution in 2012 approving the State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias. This plan outlined five major goals designed to combat Alzheimer’s disease.
These goals include:
1) Create a dementia-aware population;
2) Secure health and dignity for all with dementia and those at risk.
3) Support and empower family caregivers.
4) Ensure a dementia-competent workforce.
Alzheimer’s research in Utah.
There are 28,000 people living with Alzheimer’s in Utah. That number is expected to increase by 50% by 2025. Caring for those with Alzheimer’s are 144,000 caregivers providing care at a total unpaid cost of nearly 2 billion dollars. These numbers are staggering.
The Alzheimer’s Association, Utah Chapter invites you to become an Alzheimer advocate. Join us and speak up for the needs and rights of people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families.
It's Time To Get Smart About Alzheimer's Research
Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in America and is set to increase like no other. It’s estimated that Alzheimer’s costs to our country will soar to over $1.2 Trillion per year by 2050. In addition to those costs, billions more are being spent by caregivers as they struggle to care for the millions of loved ones with this disease.
Despite these staggering costs to our nation, chronic underinvestment continues in Alzheimer’s disease research. For every $27,000 spent caring for those with Alzheimer’s, a mere $100 is spent on research. That just doesn’t make sense. Smart investments in other conditions have shown great success and are paying off, both in terms of cost AND lives saved.
Estimates show that if we simply had a treatment that delayed onset of Alzheimer’s by just five years, Medicare spending on those with the disease would decrease by 45 percent in 2050, and the physical, emotional and financial burden on caregivers would be reduced.
It’s simple arithmetic; invest now, save later.Please urge your U.S. Senator to support an additional $100 million in resources for Alzheimer's disease research, education, care and support activities.