Great article Feb. 22 on memory in the elderly, “Superagers’ youthful brains offer clues to keeping sharp.”
I really think it emphasizes the need to put more money toward research to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease and to study other protective mechanisms that we might develop to stave off symptoms of this devastating public health crisis. In California, Alzheimer’s has jumped to the 3rd largest killer .and it’s time to take action.
I am asking all legislators in California to support the Alzheimer’s Association’s request for $2.2 million in the state budget to provide dementia-competency training to the state’s 33 Area Agencies on Aging, to help improve rates of early detection and diagnosis for Alzheimer’s.
I am appalled by the statistic that 50 percent of Californians with Alzheimer’s aren’t getting diagnosed until it’s too late to help them, and that California can and should do a better job of detection and diagnosis.
I call for the support of AB 2233 to expand CA Medi-Cal Assisted Living Waiver; the support of AB 2025 to invest in critical home and community-based services at the local level for those suffering with Alzheimer’s Disease; for support of AB 1955 to establish the first public education campaign to promoting detection and education.
Liz Zemke, Fresno