Gov. Inslee announces new plan to address Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the third Washington.

There's over 300,000 caregivers in our state alone lending a hand to those affected.

Governor Jay Inlsee has a plan that will now extend a hand out to them

Irma and Evelinda Mendez have always leaned on each other. That's why they sit together so they lean on each other now.

Their now 90-year-old mother Matiana Cantu was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease about seven years ago, and her digression hits heart strings with two.

"She did not recognize me or my sisters. She did not tell me 'Oh my daughters here to see me'. She hasn't said that for a very long time," said Cantu's daughter Evelinda Mendez.

Even though the pair and their other siblings' faith for Matiana has been unwavering, it's been a bumpy ride.

"This mom that raised you and helped you with your children and was there for the grandchildren and now has no clue who you are. It's really hard," said other daughter Irma Mendez.

It's also been hard on the wallet.

"All of us want to be together but we can't. It's a big strain on the family," adds Irma Mendez.

It's this strain our governor Jay Inslee is trying to ease because it's tension more and more in our area will face.

The Alzheimer Association reports that while death by other diseases like hear disease has decreased 14 percent over the last 15 year, deaths from this disease has increased by 71 percent.

Because more are being diagnosed, more time is being taken.

In 2014, friends and family of people with Alzheimer's provided about 18 million hours of unpaid care around the nation. And while time is priceless, emotions have a tag.

"It's heavy on my heart," said Irma Mendez.

Governor Inslee's plan has specific goals and strategies to help caregivers dealing with those affected with the disease.

"The plan is to give people that need resources in the area to be able to find them and to bring to light and educate people of the resources we're going to need moving forward," said Sue Johnston of JEA Senior Living.

Moving forward, just like Irma, Evelinda and Matiana.

The Alzheimer association reports in ten years, the number of people aged 65 and older with the disease will increase to seven million- a 40-percent increase.

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