Letter to the Editor: Thanks to our elected officials for being champions in the fight against Alzheimer’s

Thanks to the champions in the fight against Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association estimates there are more than 5 million Americans and 7,500 Alaskans living with Alzheimer’s Disease.

There are more than 16 million caregivers in America and 33,000 caregivers in our beautiful state of Alaska.

As an advocate it is my honor to represent them.

Congress just passed the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act with a strong bipartisan vote.

I want to thank Sen. Murkowski, Sen. Sullivan and Rep. Young for being champions in this meaningful legislation.

The BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act will allow effective Alzheimer’s public health interventions to be implemented across the country. Because of Sen. Murkowski and the Alaska delegation we will now be better able to fight this devastating disease as we continue to work towards our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s — and we look forward to seeing them continue to prioritize this disease as a public health crisis that must be addressed.

I lost my mother and three of her sisters to the disease; I know first hand at what Alzheimer’s can do to a family and as a caregiver.

Every 65 seconds someone develops Alzheimer’s disease — which is why Congress must remain committed to action on this catastrophic disease. By applying a public health approach to reduce risk, detect early symptoms, and advance care, our Alaska delegation is helping to change the trajectory of this devastating disease. The report also revealed that Alzheimer’s –related costs have soared to $277 billion in the last year, including $186 billion in costs to Medicare and Medicaid.

To learn more about Alzheimer’s and how you can join the fight to end Alzheimer’s visit alz.org.

Together we can be part of the first survivor.

— Cindy Harris, Alzheimer’s Association, Alaska Ambassador, Soldotna

More in Opinion

A resident casts their vote in the regular municipal election Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Alaska Voices: Break the cycle of failure, debt in 2022

Today, all Americans are coerced, embarrassed or otherwise influenced into one of two old political parties

A sign designates a vote center during the recent municipal election. The center offered a spot for voters to drop off ballots or fill a ballot out in person. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
Opinion: The failure of mail-in voting

The argument that mail-in balloting increases voter participation never impressed me

Charlie Franz.
Point of View: Election integrity is not anti-democratic

The federalization of elections by the Freedom to Vote Act infringes on the constitutional right of states to regulate elections.

Snow blows off Mt. Roberts high above the Thane avalanche chute, where an avalanche blew across the road during a major snowstorm. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
An Alaska winter of discontent

It’s been a hard winter throughout the state.

A Uncruise Adventures cruise ship, with a fleet of kayaks in the water behind it, in the Tongass National Forest. Uncruise, a boutique local cruise ship operator, has been vocal about the importance of the intact Tongass National Forest, or SeaBank, to its business. (Photo by Ben Hamilton/courtesy Salmon State)
Alaska Voices: The dividends paid by Southeast Alaska’s ‘Seabank’ are the state’s untold secrets

Southeast Alaska’s natural capital produces economic outputs from the seafood and visitor products industries worth several billion dollars a year

teaser
Opinion: The pulse of fealty

Let’s be honest. Trump’s demands go beyond his one stated condition.

Former Gov. Frank Murkowski speaks on a range of subjects during an interview with the Juneau Empire in May 2019. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Alaska Voices: Permanent fund integrity in peril?

Alaskans need to be kept informed of what the trustees are doing with their money.

A cast member holds up a cue card in Soldotna High School’s production of "Annie" on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
Voices of the Peninsula: Is theater dead?

“It will not be an easy task, performing CPR on this theater, but imagine the joy that you could bring to the students.”

Most Read