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(Columbia, S.C.) Lt. Governor André Bauer joined television personality Leeza Gibbons

March 6, 2009

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

André Bauer Contact: Frank Adams

Lt. Governor 803-734-2077

Lt. Governor André Bauer Unveils New State Plan on Alzheimer’s

(Columbia, S.C.) Lt. Governor André Bauer joined television personality Leeza Gibbons and members of the Purple Ribbon Task Force on Alzheimer’s at the Statehouse today to unveil the new State Plan on Alzheimer’s. The plan is the first comprehensive study of Alzheimer’s and related disorders since the late Governor Caroll Campbell called for a Blue Ribbon Task Force to study the disease in 1993.

The Purple Ribbon Task Force was created by a concurrent resolution adopted by the General Assembly in 2008, requesting the Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging convene this body to study the current and future impact of Alzheimer’s disease in South Carolina. The Task Force assessed the needs of persons with Alzheimer’s and related disorders and the resources available to them to develop a strategy to address this health issue.

The Purple Ribbon Task Force developed twenty recommendations as to how to better serve Alzheimer’s victims and their caregivers to provide the nearly 80,000 victims and 160,000 family caregivers a better quality of life. One of the recommendations was for a toll free number to be established where individuals seeking assistance with Alzheimer’s could call. Lt. Governor Bauer announced in the press conference that the Office on Aging would take on this immediately through the use of its existing toll free number 800-868-9095 rather than going to the time and expense of establishing a new toll free number.

Leeza Gibbons, a national television personality and Irmo native joined her father Dr. Carlos Gibbons who is a member of the Purple Ribbon Task Force at the press conference to share their stories as to how their family dealt with her mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s. Ms. Gibbons commended the efforts of the Purple Ribbon Task Force on Alzheimer’s and Lt. Governor Bauer for his leadership in confronting the issue.

“Alzheimer’s touches the lives of nearly every family, mine included as my aunt has the disease,” Lt. Governor Bauer said. “To put the number of victims of this terrible disease into perspective, consider that the estimated 80,000 victims of Alzheimer’s in South Carolina would fill Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia, and the nearly 160,000 family caregivers would fill Williams Brice and Death Valley in Clemson. I am proud of the efforts of the Purple Ribbon Task Force and will do everything I can to make sure their recommendations are enacted,” Bauer continued.

The State Plan on Alzheimer’s is available in its entirety to the public at the Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging website http://www.aging.sc.gov.

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