In 2015, there are 15.7 million Americans caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, including 1.5 million in California. Both of my parents died from Alzheimer’s.
Of the top 10 killers, Alzheimer’s is the only one that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. In addition to being the sixth leading cause of death, Alzheimer’s is also the most expensive disease in the nation, costing $226 billion in 2015. That number will grow to $1.1 trillion in 2050, potentially bankrupting Medicare in the process.
I want to thank Congressman Devin Nunes for meeting with those of us who traveled to Washington, D.C., last month to discuss the Alzheimer’s crisis with him. I hope we can count on his support in increasing Alzheimer’s research funding so that we can find a cure for this terrible disease and prevent it from bankrupting our country. I also hope he will support families facing this disease, by co-sponsoring the HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act (H.R.1559), which will provide essential care planning to people newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
Please contact Congressman Nunes and ask him to support Alzheimer’s funding. Visit www.alz.org to get involved with the fight against Alzheimer’s.
Lori Jessen Sharp