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Officials Behind Report On Alzheimer's In The City Call For Action

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The officials behind a new report on Alzheimer's Disease in the city are calling for action on what they say could become a health care epidemic.

The Alzheimer's Association interviewed around 500 New Yorkers who take care of a family member with Alzheimer's Disease.

It found that many caregivers miss work or get into financial trouble.

Some say the problem could get worse, predicting that during the next 40 years, one in five New Yorkers will either have Alzheimer's or be caring for someone who does.

They're pushing for expanded Medicaid home care service options in the state and a public education campaign to teach people the early warning signs.

"This is the next struggle for us as we deal with our aging population and we get out there and start tackling a disease that, quite frankly, people have not thought about unless it hits home," said City Comptroller-elect Scott Stringer.

"How much more could we do if we got together and had a plan?" said Lou-Ellen Barkan of the New York City chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. "So this plan that we put together is a road map for the future and a real message of hope for all New Yorkers who are concerned about this problem."

Stringer said that he plans to work with Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio in strengthening the city's support system for caregivers. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP