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Letter: It costs millions in lives and funding throughout the nation

Help fight Alzheimer’s

On April 9, more than 800 people living with Alzheimer’s, caregivers and advocates from across the nation gathered in Washington D.C. for the 26th annual Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum. Representing millions of people impacted by Alzheimer’s across the country, they engaged in the democratic process and appealed to members of Congress for Action on Alzheimer’s disease.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2014 Alzheimer’s Disease Fact and Figures report, there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and 15.5 million Alzheimer’s caregivers. As an Alzheimer’s Ambassador, it is my honor to play a role in addressing this growing health crisis.

I’ve been touched by Alzheimer’s personally and professionally. Caring for family and others with this disease has opened my eyes to the devastation it can cause.

In addition to the human toll, Alzheimer’s is the most expensive condition in the nation, costing $214 billion a year.

Nearly one in every five dollars spent by Medicare is on people with Alzheimer’s or another form or dementia.

Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only cause of death among the top 10 without a way to prevent, stop or even slow its progression. If we could eliminate Alzheimer’s tomorrow, 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.

Call U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio and ask him to make Alzheimer’s disease a national priority. To learn more ways to get involved in the fight against Alzheimer’s, visit alz.org.

Sarah Calvert

Roseburg


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