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File #: RES 13-224    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 2/6/2013
Title: Declaring February 12, 2013 "ACT on Alzheimer's Awareness and Kick-off Day".
Sponsors: Chris Tolbert, Russ Stark, Dave Thune
Attachments: 1. ACT on Alzheimers matls
Declaring February 12, 2013 "ACT on Alzheimer's Awareness and Kick-off Day".


WHEREAS, St. Paul is "The Most Livable City in America" and our strength lies in our residents; and

WHEREAS, St. Paul is aging. 9% of St. Paul Residents--approximately 26,000 people--are age 65 or older (2011 estimate, US Census Statistics); and

WHEREAS, With the coming age wave, Alzheimer's disease and related dementias will reach epic proportions. One in eight people over 65 have Alzheimer's and nearly 50% of people over 85 have the disease. By 2025, it is expected that 125,000 Minnesotans are expected to have the disease. 70% of people with dementia live at home; and

WHEREAS, For every person living with Alzheimer's there are on average 2 caregivers supporting them with unpaid care valued at $3.3 billion. Without change, the total cost of care for Minnesotans 65+ with Alzheimer's could reach $20 billion, most of that coming from personal funds and Medicaid dollars; and

WHEREAS, ACT on Alzheimer's is a state-wide collaboration to prepare for the budgetary, social, and personal impact of Alzheimer's disease. The St. Paul Neighborhoods ACT on Alzheimer's has emerged to address the impacts of Alzheimer's in a way that makes sense for our unique community. Key partners in include Carondelet Village (Convener), the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging, Amherst H Wilder Foundation, Alzheimer's Association, St. Paul Advisory Committee on Aging, and ACT on Alzheimer's. This coalition will focus initially on 6 neighborhoods: Highland Park, Mac-Groveland, West 7th, Summit Hill, Summit University, and Union Park; and

WHEREAS, St. Paul Neighborhoods ACT on Alzheimer's will use a comprehensive community tool kit that includes information and resources for how to prepare for needs related to dementia. It will help us to
* Convene key community leaders to understand the disease and its implications for St. Paul,
* Assess current strengths and gaps in meeting need...

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