BOISE -- As this year's legislative session comes to a close the last few bills are making their way across Gov. Butch Otter's desk.

He signed a resolution Tuesday recognizing the seriousness of a disease that affects thousands of Idahoans.

Alzheimer's disease has no cure but lawmakers hope this resolution will help Idaho move forward.

More than 26,000 Idahoans suffer from Alzheimer's. Doctors say that number is growing.

For the past 18 months the Idaho Alzheimer's planning group has been trying to develop a state plan on how Idaho should help people with this disease. Members of the group were at the Statehouse Tuesday as Gov. Otter signed the resolution.

The group is run out of Boise State University's Center for the Study of Aging and is made up entirely of volunteers. They include researchers, members of the National Alzheimer's Association and local lawmakers.

This year Sen. Joyce Broadsword worked with the group to pass a resolution that not only recognizes the disease, but the work the group is doing.

It is an issue that is very important to the senator. Her grandmother died from Alzheimer's.

I've seen firsthand the devastation it can do to a family and trying to maintain that care, in home, is very difficult, said Broadsword.

We are really hoping that this resolution increases our credibility and it gives us a little bit of leverage when it comes to talking with key individuals, said Sarah Toevs, Center for the Study of Aging.

The Idaho Alzheimer's planning group will be spending the next year researching Alzheimer's in Idaho, looking at who it affects, the resources available and providing education to those impacted by the disease.

Next year when the legislative session starts back up the group will present their findings to lawmakers and make suggestions on creating a plan of action. The plan will outline how Idaho should help people battling Alzheimer's, their families and their caregivers.

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