On Nov. 1, U.S. Senator Martha McSally alongside U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), the Chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, held a Senate hearing on the impact of Alzheimer’s at the Granite Reef Senior Center in Scottsdale.
The hearing, titled “Alzheimer’s and Other Cognitive Diseases: An Arizona Perspective” provided an opportunity to learn more about Alzheimer’s and other cognitive diseases, which affect many aging Americans and their caregivers in Arizona and around the country.
Witnesses at the hearing included health care experts and caregivers.
“We all know someone who has suffered from cognitive impairment, and the impact is immeasurable,” said Sen. McSally, in a prepared statement.
“Of the nearly 6 million estimated Americans aged 65 and older affected, 140,000 live in Arizona. My uncle was one of them as he suffered for many years before passing away from Alzheimer’s. In 2017, there were over 300,000 caregivers providing more than 376 million hours of unpaid care to those afflicted by Alzheimer’s and other cognitive impairments."
Arizona has the fastest growing rate of Alzheimer’s disease in the U.S., according to a press release. Furthermore, the death rate in Arizona is almost 20% higher than the U.S. average.
Sen. McSally sits on the Senate Special Committee on Aging.