ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WENY) -- The New York State Department of Health has awarded the Alzheimer's Associating, New York State Coalition a $24 million grant through the Alzheimer's Disease Community Assistance Program (AlzCAP).

The five-year award, which will start on July 1, will allow one of the seven grant recipients, the Rochester and Finger Lakes Region chapter of the Association, to renew its commitment to serving people affected by Alzheimer's in a nine-county area. 

Over the past five years, the AlzCAP grant has allowed the Rochester and Finger lakes chapter to offer care consultations, deliver educational programs, handle Helpline calls, and conduct dozens of support groups for people who live with dementia and their care partners

They assistance range includes Chemung, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates counties..

The Alzheimer's Association Rochester and Finger Lakes Region also provides training for faith-based organizations and first responders on how to better serve patients with dementia. 

Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the only one in the top 10 that cannot be prevented, slowed or cured. 

In the United States, 5.7 million people have the brain disease, and nearly one in three seniors dies each year from Alzheimer's or another dementia.