June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.
Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., and the only one in the top ten causes of death that cannot be prevented, cured, or slowed. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates there are more than five million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and 15.9 million Alzheimer’s caregivers.
Alzheimer’s is also the most expensive disease in America. Nearly one in every five Medicare dollars is spent on someone with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Unless something is done, in 2050, Alzheimer’s will cost $1.1 trillion (in 2016 dollars).
I work in the Senior Services industry and I personally see the damage and stress this disease brings families. Congress must continue to fight Alzheimer’s by increasing funding for research for a cure or treatment. I urge Congressman Moolenaar to support increased funding for Alzheimer’s disease research and to take action to raise awareness during the month of June.
To find resources and help visit www.alz.org or call 1-800-272-3900.
Public Policy Ambassador
4th District MI
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