Rep. Steve Samuelson (standing, center) joins guests on the floor of the state House of Representatives to mark the House’s adoption of his resolution designating November 2013 as “Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and Education Month” in Pennsylvania. The resolution notes that more than 400,000 Pennsylvanians have Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder, and that 667,000 family members and others help to provide unpaid care to a loved one or other person with Alzheimer’s or a related disorder, saving the state more than $9 billion in costs.
Rep. Samuelson is Democratic chairman of the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee and a member of the Pennsylvania Alzheimer’s Disease Planning Committee, which is developing a comprehensive plan for the state to address the Alzheimer’s disease crisis. The representative is pictured with (standing, from left) Alzheimer's Association Legislative Fellow Amal Mahrouki; co-sponsors of the resolution state Reps. Kathy Watson, Bill Kortz and Tim Hennessey; and (seated, from left) George and Mary Reed of Lancaster County and Dennis and Mary Henley of Adams County. You can watch a video about Alzheimer’s in Pennsylvania here.