SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 4
(By Senators Miller, Foster, Helmick, Plymale, Hall, Laird, Jenkins, Klempa and Stollings)
Urging legislative support of the recommendations included in the West Virginia Partnership for Elder Living’s Make a Plan for Alzheimer’s Final Report and Recommendations.
Whereas, According to the Alzheimer's Association, 44,000 West Virginians over 65 have Alzheimer’s and 4,000 individuals under 65 have younger-onset Alzheimer’s; and
Whereas, The number of West Virginians with Alzheimer’s is expected to rise dramatically as the state’s 500,000 baby boomers enter the age period at the greatest risk for developing the disease; and
Whereas, The Make a Plan for Alzheimer’s initiative was created to develop a long-term plan to address Alzheimer's disease in West Virginia; and
Whereas, The present and future impact of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in West Virginia demands the implementation of solutions directed at improving quality of care; the training and awareness of healthcare providers, families and the public; and fostering research into all aspects of the disease; and
Whereas, These recommendations will provide more information regarding Alzheimer’s disease to patients, families, caregivers, the medical community and policymakers; expand care and improve the quality of care available to Alzheimer’s patients; and equip families and health care workers with the training, tools and resources they need to better care for individuals living with Alzheimer’s; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the West Virginia Legislature supports the recommendations included in the West Virginia Partnership for Elder Living’s Make a Plan for Alzheimer’s Final Report and Recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the West Virginia Legislature will work to adopt legislation to support and appropriate funding to implement the recommendations included in the Make a Plan for Alzheimer’s Final Report and Recommendations.