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New York has second-highest rate of Alzheimer's

Aug 14, 2023 12:11 pm

Kate Lisa reports at New York State of Politics that New York has the second-highest rate of people diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in the U.S., according to a new study by the Alzheimer's Association. Valarie Drown, director of the Alzheimer's Disease Caregiver Support Initiative, said, "We are second highest from what I've read in the research that I've seen, but we really are leading the way in trying to make a difference in services." The health departments says about 410,000 New Yorkers have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. People of color, and New Yorkers who live in low-income and rural areas, have a higher rate of the disease. With all those cases, Drown said. "We need people to have a passion and a desire to work with individuals with dementia, to work with elderly people in general and somehow to figure out a way to take that funding and assist with workforce retention because we have people who enter the field, but then quickly leave the field." Rep. Paul Tonko, a Democrat who represents Albany County and the Capitol Region in Congress, introduced legislation this year to coordinated and manage care for Alzheimer's patients. Tonko said, "It really puts into a working model, a transition a transformative piece, so that Medicare and others can respond to this in that holistic way.... People with Alzheimer's oftentimes are impacted by other chronic diseases, and so as they try to manage all of that activity and all of those health challenges in their lives they and their caregivers require, I think, a better response." Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.

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