Davies asks readers to reach out to Congress for Alzheimer’s research support

To the editors:

At a cost of $236 billion a year, Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in the nation. Nearly one in every five Medicare dollars is now spent on people with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. And, these costs will only continue to increase as baby boomers age, soaring to more than $1 trillion in 2050.

Even though Alzheimer’s kills more Americans than diabetes and more than breast and prostate cancer combined, there are still too few people who understand the anguish caused by Alzheimer’s disease.

Unfortunately, I understand it all too well. I have personally and professionally witnessed this disease steal more than just memories, but rob us of the people we know and love. And, I’ve seen family and friends who, without hesitation, have been thrown into the role of caregivers. I’ve been truly humbled by their compassion. I am writing because we need a cure today, so that tomorrow will be a day we can all remember.
Congress must continue to devote the resources necessary to achieve a breakthrough in prevention and effective treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

The House Appropriations Committee will be considering an additional $400 million increase for Alzheimer’s research funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in early 2017. These funds will support innovative treatments and diagnostics that can help delay the onset of symptoms and ultimately cure Alzheimer’s. These dollars are critical to implementation of the National Alzheimer’s Plan and critical in the lives of over 5.4 million Americans now living with dementia– including nearly 700 in Waushara County.  

Please reach out to Congressman, Glenn Grothman, at #202-225-2476. Ask him to support this additional $400 million in Alzheimer’s research funding and lead Wisconsin in fully supporting legislation that increases funding to reach our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s!
/s/ Kathy Davies, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Wisconsin