Date(s) - 21 Jan, 2016
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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I know that you understand the urgency of addressing Alzheimer’s disease in New Mexico. We at the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter think it’s time that lawmakers understood it too. We are calling upon all caregivers, supporters, concerned community members and Alzheimer’s advocates to join us at the State Capitol for Alzheimer’s Day at the Legislature on Thursday, January 21st, 2016, from 9:00am to 12 noon.
We are challenging lawmakers to recognize the growing threat of Alzheimer’s in New Mexico. Over 36,000 New Mexicans currently suffer from the disease, a number projected to increase to 53,000 by 2025. They are currently being cared for by 106,000 unpaid family caregivers, who are incurring higher health costs themselves; over 64 million dollars in 2014.
Beginning at 9am, a large assortment of expert information and educational materials tables will go on display inside the Roundhouse Rotunda. Experts will be providing valuable information on Alzheimer’s and related dementias, as well as geriatric care and support. A press conference will be held in the Rotunda from11:00am – 12pm. Scheduled speakers include Senator Richard C. Martinez (D-Espanola), Representative Yvette Herrell (R-Alamogordo), Cabinet Secretary Designate Myles Copeland (Aging & Long-Term Services) and Gary Girón (Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter). The press conference will also feature a performance by Lifesongs Academy for the Love of Learning (Santa Fe); and Senator Martinez will read an official proclamation recognizing the event from Governor Susana Martinez entitled “Alzheimer’s Day at the Legislature”.
The Capitol Building (aka “The Roundhouse”) is located at the corner of Old Santa Fe Trail and Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe. Please join us in our fight to end this devastating disease. For further information, please contact Tracy Alexis, Development Director, (505) 266-44773, firstname.lastname@example.org.