Alzheimer’s disease is a major public health issue we must urgently address - the burden and impact are large, but there are ways to intervene. This National Public Health Week, policymakers can take action to help the 14,000 North Dakotans living with Alzheimer’s, and the 16,000 who may develop the disease by 2025.
One important way Congress can act is by passing the Building Our Largest Dementia Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (S. 2076/H.R. 4256). Endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Association, the act would create an Alzheimer’s public health infrastructure across the country to implement effective Alzheimer's interventions, including increasing early detection and diagnosis, reducing risk, and preventing avoidable hospitalizations.
As the CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter, I understand firsthand the impact legislation like this can have on local families and our nation. Please join me in asking Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven to join the fight for millions of Americans affected by Alzheimer’s by supporting the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act. (Thank you to Rep. Kevin Cramer for co-sponsoring this important legislation.)
If we are going to end Alzheimer’s disease, then we must start treating it like the public health threat it is. To learn more and take action, visit the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org.
Sue Spalding, Mandan