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Letter: Rep. Collins deserves applause for passing bill to help with Alzheimer’s
Wendi Chesnut, left, walks because she was diagnosed with dementia and Jessica Marshall walks for her grandfather, grandmother and friend’s father during the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Oct. 14, 2017, in downtown Gainesville. - photo by Kayla Elder

One in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s disease. As the only leading cause of death in the U.S. that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed, it is imperative we have elected officials who are working to make Alzheimer’s a national priority. 

As an Alzheimer’s Association advocate, I was fortunate to meet with Rep. Doug Collins’ staff recently to discuss the staggering impact of Alzheimer’s on Georgia and across the nation. It is estimated 140,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s in Georgia and 5.7 million across the U.S. In this recent meeting, we were informed of the congressman co-sponsoring the BOLD legislation, which would create an Alzheimer’s public health infrastructure across the country to implement effective interventions focused on actions such as increasing early detection and diagnosis, reducing risk and preventing avoidable hospitalizations.  

Please join me in thanking Rep. Collins for his support in the fight to end Alzheimer’s.

Robert Polak

Ambassador, Alzheimer’s Association, Flowery Branch

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