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Care2 Success! Our Nation Has A Plan To Fight Alzheimer’s

Care2 Success! Our Nation Has A Plan To Fight Alzheimer’s

 

Earlier this week, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius announced the release of a National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, the first such plan in the U.S.

You made it happen! Thank you, Care2 activists! Almost 18,000 of you signed our most recent petition calling on President Obama to issue a strong National Alzheimer’s Plan to help the millions of Americans now affected by Alzheimer’s disease, and the many millions more at risk.

And now Secretary Sibelius has put in place this plan to conquer Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. You can check out the plan here.

I am especially grateful because for the first time in my life, a member of my own family is suffering from dementia, and I am seeing firsthand the devastating effects of this cruel, unpredictable disease.

My family member is not alone. Today, more than 5 million Americans are facing the challenges of Alzheimer’s, while 15.2 million Americans serve as caregivers. And let’s not forget all the many family members who give up so much to take care of loved ones.

It’s projected that Alzheimer’s will cost the nation $200 billion this year. This will rise to $1.1 trillion by 2050, bankrupting families and our health care system.

Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only one among the top 10 without a way to cure, prevent or even slow its progression.

The cost of inaction is too high, and so we thank the President for taking this step forward in the fight against Alzheimer’s, fulfilling the promise of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act passed unanimously by Congress more than a year ago.

But the work is not done yet. Let’s keep the momentum going, to create a world without Alzheimer’s. Stay tuned for the next steps in the fight against this devastating illness.

And thank you for taking action.

 

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6:56AM PDT on May 10, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

5:43PM PST on Dec 23, 2012

Sad disease.

5:42PM PST on Dec 23, 2012

Sad disease.

9:04AM PST on Nov 9, 2012

My mother too has the dreaded Alzheimers. I feel for all who have someone in this condition. My prayers are with you.

2:11PM PDT on Oct 2, 2012

Hopefully, this war will go better than the War On Drugs, the War on Cancer, and/or the War On Terror.

6:16AM PDT on Oct 2, 2012

Yes, it is more than heartbreaking to watch a parent slowly lose themselves. My poor Mom doesn't know who I am any more. She can't follow a conversation. She can't enjoy a book or television show. She can't remember the man she loved or that she has children, grand children and great grandchildren. She can have a plate of food in front of her and not know it is to eat. She sees things that aren't there and doesn't see things that are. She has lost weight because her body doesn't process calories correctly. She couldn't go to a beloved granddaughter's wedding, can't enjoy holidays or even a once favorite treat. She simply exists if you want to call it that. And one sad day in the most likely near future I will walk into her room to wake her for breakfast and find what little is left of her will be gone. They need to find a cure so no more have to suffer this ever increasing tragedy. The only good, if one can call it that is those suffering from this terrible affliction usually don't know it, but the bad-those that see it first hand happening to a loved one will never forget it for the rest of their lives.

6:44AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Esperamos que os cientistas e pesquisadores sejam capazes de acabar com esta doênça o Alzheimer

6:44AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Esperamos que os cientistas e pesquisadores sejam capazes de acabar com esta doênça o Alzheimer

12:17PM PDT on Jun 2, 2012

Lets just hope for a cure now.

11:36AM PDT on May 24, 2012

Thank you for the plan to prevent and treat alzheimers.

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