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LETTER: Nation’s leaders can’t ignore Alzheimer’s

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Together, the Alzheimer’s Association and individuals like you led the way to an historic victory for the Alzheimer’s community: the first ever National Alzheimer’s Plan.

This comprehensive national plan outlines the important goal to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s disease by 2025.

Even as we celebrate this achievement, our work is not done.

The simple truth is that the National Alzheimer’s Plan needs Congress to allocate sufficient, dedicated funding to be effective and both House and Senate appropriations subcommittees put forth bills that fail to include additional resources for Alzheimer’s disease.

It is more than disappointing that Congress has not chosen to support the implementation of its National Alzheimer’s Plan with additional funding.

But, the funding process is a year-long effort. It is not a sprint, it is a marathon. It is being run in an election year and that creates important opportunities to advocate for additional resources for Alzheimer’s research, education, care and support activities.

We’ve come too far to let this plan sit on a shelf. You need to get involved now.

• Contact your members of Congress and demand they make Alzheimer’s a national priority.

• Find a Town Hall event near you and demand that your officials and public health leaders implement the National Alzheimer’s Plan.

• Demand increased funding for Alzheimer’s research.

• We must redouble our effort to address this horrible disease.

Speak up and make it impossible for our leaders to ignore Alzheimer’s. The time to act is now and the power to cause that action rests with you.

TOM BODKIN
National Director, The Alzheimer’s Association, Newburgh