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Finding common ground on Alzheimer's

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opinion Brainerd, 56401
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

Finding common ground on Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is not a Republican or Democratic issue — it affects us all. And this is why I was so encouraged when Congress signaled its recognition of this fact and passed on a unanimous bipartisan basis, the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) which spurred the creation of the first National Alzheimer’s plan for the United States. The costs for Alzheimer’s care and services continue to rise, straining our overwhelmed health care system and threatening to bankrupt Medicare and Medicaid. The Senate has prioritized the National Alzheimer’s Plan by including an additional $100 million for research, education, care and support; it is vitally important that Congress include these resources in fiscal year 2014. My grandparents both suffered with Alzheimer’s and I am working on a daily basis to raise awareness about both the personal and financial consequences of this disease.

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We now urge President Obama and Congress to put aside damaging partisan politics and focus on finding common ground that will enable us to marshal the resources, expertise and innovation needed to change the course of the disease for the millions living with Alzheimer’s today and the millions more who will face it in the future. Please contact Rep. Rick Nolan today. Ask him to provide the funding necessary to support the National Alzheimer’s Plan through Alzheimer’s research, education, and outreach, and support activities. Visit alz.org/napa to learn how you can become involved in the fight against Alzheimer’s. For local advocacy opportunities please visit memoryadvocates.org.

Corrina Brown

Nisswa

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