Saturday, October 19, 2013

Sandy Halperin: We must step up the fight against Alzheimer's

This is not the time for the members of Congress and the Senate to turn their heads and pretend that they do not see the tragic affect that Alzheimer’s and other cognitive impairments are causing in our nation, and in the world.

I reside in Tallahassee, and with my having early-stage Alzheimer’s, I am highly eager to continue to help raise awareness about the seriousness of Alzheimer’s and other cognitive impairments in the local area, in the U.S. and around the world.

I am advocating to have Alzheimer’s research funding to be on a par with other major diseases (and it is not). With the baby boomers (and with individuals living longer because of medical advances with other diseases), Alzheimer’s is on track to go beyond the epidemic proportions that already exist. Alzheimer’s is currently listed as the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S., but it is likely much higher, because many physicians do not put it as the cause of death on death certificates. Rather they say that the person died of a heart attack, cancer, stroke, etc.

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