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Tell Congress to put priority on Alzheimer's research

2014-04-06T00:00:00Z 2014-04-07T09:34:07Z Tell Congress to put priority on Alzheimer's research The Billings Gazette
April 06, 2014 12:00 am

More than 800 people living with Alzheimer's, caregivers and advocates from across the country will gather in Washington, D.C., for the 26th annual Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum on April 8. Representing millions of people, they will appeal directly to Congress for action on Alzheimer's disease.

According to the Alzheimer's Association, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease and 15.5 million are Alzheimer's caregivers. 

I lost my beautiful mother to Alzheimer's over the course of 10 years. My dear father-in-law suffers now. I've seen the toll this heartbreaking disease takes on Alzheimer's sufferers and the people who are trying to care for them while often letting their own health concerns go unaddressed.

Alzheimer's is the most expensive condition in the nation, costing a staggering $214 billion a year.

Nearly $1 in every $5 spent by Medicare is on people with Alzheimer's or another dementia. Alzheimer's is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only one among the top 10 without a way to prevent, stop or even slow its progression. If we could eliminate Alzheimer's, we could save half a million lives every year.

It is only through adequate funding and a strong implementation of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease that we will meet its goal of preventing and effectively treating Alzheimer's by 2025.

During the week of April 9, please call Sens. Jon Tester and John Walsh and Rep. Steve Daines. Ask them to make Alzheimer's disease a national priority. To learn how you can get involved in the fight against Alzheimer's, visit alz.org.

Joanie Tooley

Montana Chapter

Alzheimer's Association

Billings

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