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Letters to the editor: Fighting Alzheimer’s
One in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. My grandma Patti was one of them. I know how devastating it is for the person living with it and everyone around them. My grandma was always willing to help everyone but eventually she needed our help. My grandfather retired and became her primary caregiver. The rest of the family also pulled together to help take care of my grandma, the person that had helped us all for so many years.
Today, there are 73,000 Coloradans living with Alzheimer’s, and without medical progress, that number is expected to grow by 26 percent within the next decade. That is why we need to advance research now to ensure no family has to endure what mine has. Alzheimer’s and other dementias will cost the nation $290 billion this year with two-thirds of that cost borne by the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Without medical breakthroughs, the yearly cost to the nation could rise as high as $1.1 trillion by 2050.
Congress can help Colorado families struggling with Alzheimer’s and taxpayers by supporting a $350 million increase in the National Institutes of Health budget for Alzheimer’s and other dementias research next year. Thank you Senator Michael Bennet and Representatives Ed Perlmutter, Diana DeGette and Jason Crow for announcing you will support this important investment. I urge Senator Cory Gardner and Representative Ken Buck to follow your lead so that we can create a world without Alzheimer’s.
Content originally published by the Wheat Ridge Transcript on September 12, 2019.