Alzheimer's Disease Awareness and Family Caregiver Month
More than 8,000 Alaskans suffer from Alzheimer's or other dementia diseases.
Paul Whitney, Soldotna Vice Mayor, has proclaimed November 2019 as Alzheimer's Disease Awareness and Family Caregiver Month. He presented the proclamation to Cindy Harris, Alaska Ambassador the Alzheimer's Association, at the City Council meeting on Oct. 24, 2019.
He encourages all Alaskans to become educated about Alzheimer's disease and to support those with the disease and the loved ones who care for them. In 2018, more than 33,000 Alaskans provided 38 million hours of unpaid care.
Alzheimer's disease is a progressive, fatal brain disease that causes dementia, including memory loss, unexpected behaviors, and problems with decision making. Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S.and every 65 seconds someone develops the disease. There is currently no cure but there is support and services available across the state.