Letter To The Editor: New Legislation Would Raise Awareness, Funding To Fight Alzheimer’s

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It’s 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 the most expensive disease in the U.S. It costs the U.S. more than $277 billion annually, with two-thirds of its annual costs being borne by Medicare and Medicaid. Alzheimer’s demands more attention from our government.

As one of the 1.2 million Floridians providing care to someone living with Alzheimer’s, I understand the true impact of the disease.

Congress should take decisive action passing the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (S. 2076/H.R. 4256). The BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act would create an Alzheimer’s public health infrastructure nationwide, implementing effective Alzheimer’s interventions including increasing early detection and diagnosis, and preventing avoidable hospitalizations.

Join me in asking Representative Lois Frankel to cosponsor the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act to continue the fight against Alzheimer’s.

– Carolina Sanchez