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Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 10:50 pm

Editor:

Last month I joined 1,200 other Alzheimer’s advocates from all over the country in Washington D.C. to talk to our lawmakers about Alzheimer’s disease.

I feel that Alzheimer’s advocacy is so important because the power of Congress to find a cure for this disease is unparalleled.

I fight for my 20-plus residents who suffer various forms of this disease, as well as their families and the staff at Brownsville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center who assist in their care.

With the goal of finding a way to slow down or cure the disease by 2025 (just 5 short years away!), we asked for: 1) An increase in yearly appropriations to the National Institutes of Health.

2) Funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to enact the BOLD Act, which our lawmakers passed into law this past year.

3) Support for the Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act, to help doctors understand existing law and thereby provide better care-planning services to families affected by Alzheimer’s.

4) Support for the Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Act, which would allow those diagnosed by the disease to be included with those served by the Older Americans Act regardless of age.

Four separate congressional requests was a lot to ask! But most of our lawmakers are so passionate about finding a cure for Alzheimer’s, that all of these requests just seemed like a no-brainer to them.

With congressional support, we can prevent Alzheimer’s disease from bankrupting our healthcare system and taking hardworking people out of the economy too early.

A big thank-you Congressman Filemon Vela for his support and to Abby Sheppard for meeting with us to join us in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Thank you, Senator John Cornyn, for your support in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

How can you help? With your help and support joining AIM we will #EndAlz by 2025.

Join us at https://alzimpact.org/ join/join_aim/code/59c6b0ac0d44c/ method/link.

Lastly and most importantly, we need to keep the conversation going, year after year, to ensure that the best and brightest minds can put their efforts toward finding a cure.

Anita Evangelista

Harlingen

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