To the Editor: Seeks support for Alzheimer’s

There is new legislation coming out that could raise awareness and funding to fight Alzheimer’s.

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 a disease that someone in the U.S. develops every 66 seconds. And with two-thirds of its annual costs being borne by Medicare and Medicaid, it is one that demands more attention from our government.

Congress has a chance to take decisive action passing the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (s. 2076/H.R. 4256). Endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Association, the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act would create an Alzheimer’s public health infrastructure across the country to implement effective Alzheimer’s interventions including early detection and diagnosis, reduction of risk and prevention of avoidable hospitalizations.

Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in the U.S. Alzheimer’s costs more than $277 billion a year, which is why we need the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act. If we are going to end Alzheimer’s disease, then we must start treating it like the public health threat it is.

Please join me in asking Rep. Kevin McCarthy to fight for the millions of Americans affected by Alzheimer’s disease by sponsoring the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act.

Susan Bodnar

Story First Published: 2018-07-27