The following news release comes from the office of State Rep. Emily McAsey (D-85th District):
In honor of Alzheimer’s Action Day on Sept. 21, state Rep. Emily McAsey is calling attention to resources in her district designed to provide support for individuals and their families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease.
“Observing Alzheimer’s Action Day is one way we can show our support to those in our community affected by this terrible disease,” McAsey said. “Whether we help fundraise to advance research or just wear purple on Alzheimer’s Action day to raise awareness, we can all do our part.”
Alzheimer’s disease affects 5.2 million people nationwide and over 210,000 individuals here in Illinois. Family members of those diagnosed with the disease serve as advocates for research and policies to help individuals with the disease each year in Springfield.
This year, McAsey worked with advocates to pass multiple pieces of legislation aimed at helping those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. This included legislation adding Alzheimer’s patients under the age of 60 to the list of individuals protected by the Adult Protective Services Act and a measure to create an Alzheimer’s Awareness license plate, with a special fund to support research.
“I would like to thank everyone who advocates for Alzheimer’s disease for their hard work and dedication on this issue,” McAsey said. “I am honored to work with them on behalf of those affected by this disease and I remain committed to continuing to work with them to protect their loved ones, and raise awareness.”
For more information, please contact McAsey’s full-time constituent service office at 815-372-0085.