It is time we change our thinking on Alzheimer's disease. Too often it is treated as an aging issue, ignoring the public health consequences of a disease that someone in the U.S. develops every 66 seconds.  Two-thirds of the annual costs being borne by Medicare and Medicaid.

There are over 1.6 million Californians providing care to someone living with Alzheimer's.

Congress has a chance to take decisive action passing the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer's ACT (S.2017/H.R. 4256). Endorsed by Alzheimer's Association, BOLD would create an Alzheimer's public health infrastructure across the country to implement effective Alzheimer's interventions including early detection and diagnosis, reducing risk and preventing avoidable hospitalizations.

Alzheimer's is the most expensive disease in the U.S. costing the country more than $259 billion a year. This why we need the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act. We must start treating the disease as the public health threat it is.

Join me in asking Rep. Dana Rohrabacher to fight for the millions of Americans affected by Alzheimer's by sponsoring the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act.

Julie Holler Cleland



 

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