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TO THE EDITOR:

As the sixth-leading cause of death, and the only cause of death in the top 10 without a cure, prevention or effective treatment, Alzheimer’s is a public health crisis across the nation.

In New Mexico, 38,000 people are living with the disease and their care is provided primarily by their families. As an Alzheimer’s Association volunteer Advisory Board member, I advocate so as to bring this issue to the forefront of awareness across the state.

As I discuss this issue in the community, I encounter many who are experiencing Alzheimer’s disease in their family. With little resources, the burden is huge. The financial burden to the State is estimated at $199 million in Medicaid dollars alone last year.

I am writing to ask for community support to contact your Congressman, Steve Pearce, and let him know the time to do more is now. Ask him to support a federal appropriation for additional funding to the National Institutes of Health in the amount of $425 million for fiscal year 2019, which would fund additional research of the disease and increase the likelihood of finding a cure, prevention or effective treatment. Likewise, ask him to support the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (S.2076/H.R 4256), which would create an Alzheimer’s public health infrastructure across the country to implement effective Alzheimer’s interventions focused on public health issues such as increasing early detection and diagnosis, reducing risks and preventing avoidable hospitalizations.

Your voice added to mine CAN make a difference.

Thank you,
Rebecca Ponder
Alzheimer’s Association ACT Member