The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s is growing — and growing fast. An estimated 5.7 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s. As an Alzheimer’s advocate and Alzheimer’s Association staff member who interacts with these individuals and their caregivers on a daily basis, it is my honor to represent them.
Congress just passed the Building Our Largest Dementia Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act with a strong bipartisan vote and I want to thank Representative Walden for championing this meaningful legislation.
The BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act will allow effective Alzheimer’s public health interventions to be implemented across the country. Thanks to Representative Walden’s support for the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act, we will now be better able to fight this devastating disease as we continue to work towards our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s — and we look forward to seeing him continue to prioritize this disease as a public health crisis that must be addressed.
Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States — which is why Congress must remain committed to action on this devastating disease. By applying a public health approach to reduce risk, detect early symptoms, and advance care, Representative Walden is helping to change the trajectory of this devastating disease.
To learn more about Alzheimer’s and how you can make a difference, visit alz.org.
— Kaitlyn Bertholet, Bend
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