Matt Lesser

State Senator

Matt Lesser

Deputy Majority Leader

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March 13, 2019

Lesser Applauds Work of Alzheimer’s Association on Advocacy Day


State Senator Matt Lesser (D-Middletown) speaks at the Alzheimer’s Association’s Connecticut Chapter’s Advocacy Day at the State Capitol Building in Hartford, CT. (Wednesday, March 13, 2019).

HARTFORD, CT – Today, State Senator Matt Lesser (D-Middletown) applauded the work of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Connecticut Chapter during its Advocacy Day at the Connecticut State Capitol Building. Sen. Lesser singled out Middletown resident Christy Kovel, the Alzheimer’s Association Interim Executive Director and Director of Public Policy, for helping to positively impact the lives of so many people.

“The Alzheimer’s Association is doing incredible work,” said Sen. Lesser. “It’s always great to see Christy Kovel, who has led on bringing awareness to the needs of those battling this disease and the individuals who provide care for them.”

The Alzheimer’s Association works to create awareness and provide support for those battling Alzheimer’s, unite caregivers and push for more research into this disease. They have been doing so since 1980.

Their work in helping those battling Alzheimer’s is much-needed. According to the Center for Disease Control, Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and by 2014; as many as five million people had Alzheimer’s. The CDC also reports that changes can occur in the brain years before the first symptoms appear. Alzheimer’s can seriously affect a person’s memory, ability to hold a conversation and carry out daily activities, according to the CDC. Sen. Lesser said organizations like the Alzheimer’s Association are a necessity to help the many people afflicted by this disease.

“This is a disease that touches people regardless of race, religion, creed, no matter where you are, or whether you’re rich or poor,” said Sen. Lesser. “It is a huge public health challenge for the state and I’m committed to doing everything I can to support our aging population and the caregivers who support them. I’m happy to work with the Alzheimer’s Association and be an advocate on this important issue.”

About Matt Lesser: Sen. Lesser was first elected in 2018 to represent the ninth Senate District which consists of Cromwell, Middletown, Newington, Rocky Hill and Wethersfield. Prior to being elected to the State Senate, he was a State Representative for the city of Middletown. He has been a principle author of Connecticut’s Student Loan Bill of Rights, the first in the nation, a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing waste and a major workplace safety law later adapted as a national standard. He has been honored by the Connecticut chapter of the AARP and has been named a champion by the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters.