This past legislative session, Senator Karen Morgan sponsored SCR 1, Alzheimer’s and Dementia Awareness Concurrent Resolution. In a ceremony earlier this week, Governor Gary Herbert signed the resolution in the company of Senator Morgan, officers of the Alzheimer’s Association, and numerous caregivers.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive and fatal brain disease that destroys brain cells, causing memory loss and problems with thinking and behavior severe enough to affect work, lifelong hobbies or social life. Alzheimer’s gets worse over time, and it is fatal. Alzheimer’s disease is the fifth leading cause of death in America of persons aged 65 and older. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, the deterioration of intellectual faculties such as memory, concentration, and judgment, comprising 70% of all cases. (Click on thumbnails to enlarge.)
Utahns live longer than the rest of the nation, and the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease is increasing age. Over 40,000 people in Utah are afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.
This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor urges Utahns to increase their awareness of the impact of Alzheimer’s disease. Below are the four areas of emphasis reiterated by the Legislature and Governor Herbert:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein, recognizes the citizens of Utah who are battling the disabling effects of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia and their caregivers as courageous Utahns engaged in a major health care battle of the 21st century.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor encourage their families, neighbors, employers, congregations, and the community at large to readily communicate their support, lend a helping hand, and promote open discussion about Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor urge Utah’s care provider industry to continue working hand-in-hand with families to support and care for those coping with the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor recommend that all Utahns personally adopt a brain-healthy lifestyle to reduce their risk of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia by staying mentally fit, socially engaged, physically active, and adopting a brain-healthy diet.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor urge Utah’s brain health research and medical communities to continue their efforts through studies and clinical research to treat, prevent, and ultimately cure Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.