To the Editor:
Alzheimer’s is not a Republican or Democratic issue — it affects everyone. That’s why I was so encouraged when Congress passed on an unanimous bipartisan basis, the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) which spurred the creation of the first National Alzheimer’s Plan for America.
Costs for Alzheimer’s care/services continues to rise, straining our overwhelmed health care system and threatening to bankrupt Medicare and Medicaid. The Senate has prioritized the National Alzheimer’s Plan by including an additional $100 million for research, education, care and support; it’s vitally important that Congress include these resources in 2014.
My grandparents suffered with Alzheimer’s and I’m working daily to raise awareness about both the personal and financial consequences of this disease. We now urge President Obama and Congress to put aside partisan politics and focus on finding common ground to marshal the resources, expertise and innovation needed to change the course of the disease for the millions living with Alzheimer’s today and the millions who will face it in the future.
Contact Rep. Rick Nolan today. Ask him to provide the funding necessary for the National Alzheimer’s Plan. Visit alz.org/napa to learn how to become involved in the fight against Alzheimer’s. For local advocacy opportunities, memory advocates.org. — Corrina Brown, Nisswa