Stand Up To End Alzheimer’s Disease

September 19, 2018

Editor: It is time we change our thinking on Alzheimer’s disease. Too often Alzheimer’s is treated as an aging issue, ignoring the public health consequences of this disease. After losing my grandfather, great-grandmother and great uncle to this devastating disease. I wanted to help educate others and bring awareness to the statistics. I started volunteering with the Alzheimer’s Association as a Congressional Ambassador. There are 5.7 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and over 400,000 Pennsylvanians are living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. More than 675,000 Pennsylvanians provide care to someone living with Alzheimer’s. Sen. Bob Casey has taken decisive action supporting and encouraging his colleagues in the Senate to vote for the Building Our Largest Dementia Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act. Endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Association, BOLD would implement effective Alzheimer’s interventions including early detection and diagnosis, reducing risk and preventing avoidable hospitalizations. Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in the U.S. Alzheimer’s costs the country more than $277 billion a year, which is why we need the Senate to vote in favor of the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act now. We should all join Sen. Casey and recognize that Alzheimer’s disease is a public health crisis. Join me in thanking Sen. Bob Casey for standing up in the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease and giving voice to all Pennsylvanians and the millions of Americans engaged in this battle. Becky Jacobs NORTH ABINGTON TWP.

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