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Alzheimer’s disease: A public health crisis


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As a New Mexican, I am concerned by the rapidly growing public health crisis of Alzheimer’s disease.

There are 5.5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s — by 2050, it could reach 16 million. They are cared for by 15 million unpaid family caregivers.
In New Mexico, 38,000 citizens live with Alzheimer’s (expected to reach 53,000 by 2025) who are cared for by 106,000 unpaid caregivers.
I am a volunteer advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico chapter because I believe that this disease affects us all.
Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in America at $259 billion annually. It is the sixth-leading cause of death with no cure, treatment or prevention. It kills more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
The time to do something is now. Join me by letting our lawmakers know that Alzheimer’s is a priority and advocate for increased funding to the National Institutes of Health for Alzheimer’s research and ask them to support the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PECHTA) (S. 2748/H.R. 3119) that would ensure a well-trained workforce in this field.
I ask you to contact your member of Congress today and tell them to make Alzheimer’s a priority! Your New Mexico delegation is Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-NM, Sen. Tom Udall, D-NM, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-Santa Fe, Rep. Michelle Lujan-Grisham, D-Albuquerque, and Rep. Steve Pearce, R-Hobbs.
Sandy Johnson
Las Cruces

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