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Alzheimer’s Bill to Become Law

December 20, 2018
Press Release

ORLANDO, FL – Congresswoman Val Demings (D-Orlando) last night cast her vote for The BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act, which she cosponsored in the U.S. House of Representatives, and which will become law with President Trump’s signature.

Said Rep. Demings, “My family, like so many others, has been affected by Alzheimer’s Disease. Alzheimer’s afflicts millions of Americans and is a leading cause of death. Even worse, it is a profoundly cruel disease which begins to rob us of our loved ones even before they pass. It has been deeply important to me that our government, with all our resources, do more to fund the search for a cure to Alzheimer’s, and I am gladdened that bipartisan Members of Congress have joined together to say that an end to Alzheimer’s is a national goal.

“I am deeply grateful to the incredible advocates and activists whose tireless work helped to make this win happen. We will continue to fight for additional research and resources until we finally reach an end to Alzheimer’s.”

Background

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, and cases increased by 123% from 2000 to 2015. 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, and one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Early and accurate diagnosis could save up to $7.9 trillion in medical and care costs, and effective treatment would save and extend millions of lives.

The Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act is landmark legislation that will create a national public health infrastructure to promote early detection, increase intervention to reduce risks, and prevent avoidable hospitalizations for Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders. As researchers gain greater understanding of the disease and work towards a way to prevent, cure, or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s, the federal government must work with state, local, and tribal health authorities to increase the quality of life for those living with the disease and support caregivers.

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