To the Editor:
Alzheimer’s disease is the only leading cause of death in the U.S. without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression. With over five million Americans living with this disease today, and a projected 16 million by the year 2050, there is an urgent need to increase our nation’s awareness and investment in Alzheimer’s research funding.
Alzheimer’s is also an extremely costly disease. It is considered to be the most expensive disease in America, with nearly one out of five Medicare dollars spent on a person with Alzheimer’s. Unless we move quickly to address this crisis and find better treatments for those who have it, these costs will grow swiftly with the escalating number of those affected.
This disease took my grandfather from me and my family.
June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month and the time is now to decisively address this national epidemic. Thank you, Congresswoman Ann Wagner, for meeting with Alzheimer’s Advocates in Washington, D.C., and voicing strong support for increased funding for Alzheimer’s research.
For those living with Alzheimer’s today and for our future generations, the time is now to step up our efforts to prevent, delay and cure this devastating disease.