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DEAR TALON

 


Dear TALON,

As the 6th leading cause of death, and the only cause of death in the top ten without a cure, prevention or effective treatment, Alzheimer’s is a public health crisis across the Nation. In New Mexico, 38,000 people are living with the disease and their care is provided primarily by their families.

As an Alzheimer’s Association volunteer Advisory Board Member, I am passionate about bringing this conversation out into the light of day. Changing the trajectory of this public health crisis will not happen until more dialogue occurs. As I discuss this issue in the community, I encounter so many who are experiencing Alzheimer’s disease in their family, many with little resources.

I am writing to ask for community support to contact your State Representative in Washington, Senator Tom Udall, and ask him to support a federal appropriation for additional funding to the National Institutes of Health in the amount of $425 million for fiscal year 2019, which would fund additional research of the disease and increase the likelihood of finding a cure, prevention or effective treatment.

Likewise, ask him to support the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (S. 2076/H.R. 4256) which 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.

Together we can change the trajectory of this devastating disease.

Thank you, Tracy Ayers

 

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