Session 2000
Effective: March 23, 2000

A  Concurrent  Resolution in support of the University of Kansas
Alzheimer's disease center's pilot project.

      WHEREAS,  Alzheimer's disease is a serious disease that affects a sig-
nificant portion of the population age sixty-five and older; and

      WHEREAS,  Research indicates that the number of elderly individuals
affected by Alzheimer's disease will double by the year 2020; and

      WHEREAS,  The cost of caring for those individuals with Alzheimer's
disease is increasing; and

      WHEREAS,  Research indicates that the cost of care for an individual
with Alzheimer's disease can be greatly reduced and the quality of life
improved by early diagnosis and early treatment; and

      WHEREAS,  The University of Kansas Alzheimer's disease center has
proposed the Kansas Memory Assessment Program, at a cost of $21,035,
has as its goals: (1) The support of access to dementia diagnosis and
treatment services for rural families, and (2) support for the education of
rural health care providers in the diagnosis and management of persons
with dementia: Now, therefore,

      Be it resolved by the Senate of the State of Kansas, the House of Rep-
resentatives concurring therein: That the Legislature of the State of
Kansas supports funding of the Kansas Memory Assessment Program and
encourages continued study and research of issues related to Alzheimer's