This month I was part of a group of Alzheimer’s advocates from North Carolina that attended the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C.
While on Capitol Hill, myself and other North Carolina advocates met with Rep. Ted Budd, R-NC, and members of his staff to explain why Congress must continue to prioritize legislative action against Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. and ranks as America’s most expensive disease. Total costs nationwide will likely total $290 billion in 2019. Today there are more than 5,000,000 Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and more than 16,000,000 unpaid caregivers. The number of people aged 65 and older with Alzheimer’s or other dementias could more than double by 2050 without increased research.
As an Alzheimer’s advocate and someone who lost his mother to Alzheimer’s in 2011, I am honored to represent the 170,000 in North Carolina who are living with Alzheimer’s and their 473,000 caregivers. In our meeting in DC, we asked for Rep. Budd’s support for increased funding for Alzheimer’s research and for his support to fund the implementation of the recently-passed law, Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act.
Our heartfelt thanks to Rep. Budd for being a co-sponsor of BOLD last year and for his continued support. Please join me in urging Rep. Budd to invest in policies and research that address Alzheimer’s disease as a national public-health crisis. To learn more about this disease and how you can get involved and join the fight to end Alzheimer’s, visit alzimpact.org.