Tag: Alzheimer’s Association

LETTERS: A Cure for Alzheimer’s Disease Could Be One Big Investment Away

Letter to the EditorTuesday, October 4, 2016 || LETTERS || @maywoodnews 

Recent decades have seen an extraordinary shift in our expectations when we are confronted with what once were terminal illnesses. With access to quality healthcare, diseases that were once death sentences are now treatable.

I am writing this letter to help raise awareness that with the dedication and resources that have successfully turned the tables on other previously terminal illnesses, the first Alzheimer’s disease survivor could be alive right now.

Americans must understand that finding a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease is critical.  More than 5.4 million people in our country have Alzheimer’s disease and it is the only disease  in the top ten causes of death for which no prevention, treatment nor cure exists — it is 100 percent lethal.

As a result, this year alone, the federal government will spend more than $160 billion caring for people with Alzheimer’s, and as the baby boomer generation ages, this number will grow every year.

In my role as an Alzheimer’s Association Ambassador, I work with other advocates to build congressional support for funding Alzheimer’s research.

U.S. Representative Danny K. Davis (7th) has supported increasing federal research funding in the past, but we still have yet to hit even half of the $2 billion per year level that National Institutes of Health leaders say is necessary to beat this disease, so we need his support again.

With the past history of successes that we have seen from the NIH, we can expect our investments to pay off – as long as we can make them.

Not only is the first survivor of Alzheimer’s out there. So are millions more. VFP

— Lela Grimble, Maywood

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Letters: Rep. Danny K. Davis’ Commitment to a Cure for Alzheimer’s

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR 

Rep. Davis demonstrates commitment to Alzheimer’s disease by supporting two very important pieces of legislation in Washington

Last month my family and friends walked in the Alzheimer’s Association “Walk to end Alzheimer’s”; the world’s largest event to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease. My mother Jane was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s 5 years ago and since then my family has banded together to raise funds to help advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and by the year 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease may triple from 5 million to as many as 16 million. The total combined costs of Alzheimer’s to families and Medicare/Medicaid was $214 billion in 2014.

This leads me to why I am writing today. I write because Congressman Danny Davis’s constituents should know that he is sponsoring both the HOPE Act (House Resolution 1507) and the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act (House Resolution 4351).

On behalf of the 210,000 Illinoisans with Alzheimer’s (5.2 million Americans) and our families, thank you Congressman Danny Davis for demonstrating your commitment to ending this horrific disease. VFP

Deanne Alexander,

Constituent and Alzheimer’s Awareness Advocate || Oak Park, IL