To the Editor:
In the past, Alzheimer’s disease has been viewed only as an aging issue. While Alzheimer’s typically affects adults later in life, we must move past this idea of the disease simply being an aging issue; indeed, we must begin to view this disease as a public health issue.
Congress recently has introduced a new bill that would do exactly that. My father is living with Alzheimer’s disease, and as my siblings and I do our best to support my mother as his caregivers, we understand how crucial it is to change the way we, as a country, address the disease.
Endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Association, the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (HR 4256) 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 risk and preventing avoidable hospitalizations.
This means a higher quality of life for those diagnosed with the disease, as well as their caregivers.
It also will reduce costs as we treat this disease.
For the millions of us who are affected, the passage of BOLD ultimately will make Alzheimer’s an ever-increasing priority, creating the specialized care that is needed.
I urge my congressman, Peter Roskam, to co-sponsor this new bill, ensuring Alzheimer’s disease receives the resources necessary to address the most under-recognized threat to public health today.
With his support, this bill can affect the lives of so many affected by this debilitating disease.