Assemblywoman Angela V. McKnight issued the following statement Thursday in recognition of November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month:
“Alzheimer’s disease robs people of precious memories, destroys relationships and makes everyday life progressively more difficult for millions of Americans. This illness, which is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, cannot be prevented and has no cure. For people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, as well as their loved ones and caregivers, the outlook, unfortunately, is bleak.
“What gives me hope, however, is that researchers are relentless in their effort to stop Alzheimer’s disease in its tracks. These scientists work every day to better understand how the disease affects the brain, and I have faith that they eventually will find a cure.
“During Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, I encourage people throughout the state and around the country to take time to remember those who succumbed to their battle against Alzheimer’s, support those who are living with the disease today and get involved in the effort to make this illness a thing of the past.”
McKnight (D-Hudson) participated in the 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in September in Jersey City. The walk raised $76,000 to support the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.