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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