Alzheimer's patients in upstate New York will now have a facility open 24 hours a day providing care and support.
The Mohawk Valley Alzheimer's Office was opened yesterday afternoon in Utica, New York with the promise that a dementia expert will be on hand at any time for questions from caregivers.
Located on Genesee Street, the office is the newest location for the national organization Alzheimer's Association, which is dedicated to eliminating the disease through research.
"More than 70 percent of individuals with Alzheimer's are cared for in the home. So what we find is that individuals who are those caregivers are working [and] trying to arrange for the necessary services to ensure that the safety and care for their loved one is where it needs to be," said Cathy James from the Alzheimer's Association.
Those who live in the area can call (800) 272-3900 for assistance at any time.
An estimated 5.2 million people in the U.S. are currently living with Alzheimer's disease. By 2030, it's estimated the number of individuals age 65 and older with the disease will reach 7.7 million.