TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senators Fred H. Madden and Barbara Buono, D-Middlesex, which would permanently designate the first Monday in November as “Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Day” was signed into law today by Governor Corzine.
“This legislation is about increasing awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, and the impact it has on patients and their families,” said Senator Madden, D-Camden and Gloucester. “Scientists say that there are more than 5 million people in the United States who are living with Alzheimer’s. As our ‘baby-boomer’ generation continues to age, the cases of Alzheimer’s and other age-related diseases will only increase, and it is important that we are aware of the warning signs so that the disease can be caught early and so that patients can receive the best possible medical treatment.”
The Senators’ measure, S-2195, makes the first Monday in November of each year “Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Day” in New Jersey.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that attacks the brain and eventually destroys cognition, personality and the ability to function. The disease usually begins between the ages of 65 and 74. In its early stages, it is characterized by forgetfulness and loss of concentration.
“When it comes to diseases like Alzheimer’s, education is key. Families need to know how to care for their loved ones who are living with the disease so that they can receive the care they need,” Senator Madden said.
The bill cleared the full Senate on December 14, 2006.