Alzheimer’s Association Awarded $24M

The Alzheimer’s Association New York State Coalition has been awarded $24 million by the state Department of Health through the Alzheimer’s Disease Community Assistance Program.

Established by legislative action in 1997 to address the escalating Alzheimer’s public health crisis, the Alzheimer’s Disease Community Assistance Program provides individualized and community education, and care and support services for people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias and their care partners. The seven Alzheimer’s Association chapters that comprise the coalition, including Western New York, create the only statewide entity to support all 400,000 New Yorkers with Alzheimer’s disease.

“We are proud to continue our long-standing and successful stewardship of AlzCAP,” said Jane Ginsburg, coalition executive director. “This level of funding is unique to New York State, and we commend Governor Cuomo, the New York state Legislature and the Department of Health for their continued commitment to this vulnerable population and their care partners.”

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only one in the top 10 that cannot be prevented, slowed or cured. In the United States, 5.7 million people have the brain disease, and nearly one in three seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer’s or another dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Association of WNY serves eight counties across the region, offering free educational programs, support groups, respite services and care consultations, as well as access to a free 24-hour helpline available at 800-272-3900 in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties.