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Letter: We’re moving in the right direction to fight Alzheimer’s disease
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As a constituent of U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, I am grateful for his support for Alzheimer’s related legislation over the last year.

It is time we change our thinking on Alzheimer’s disease. Too often Alzheimer’s is treated as an aging issue, ignoring the public health consequences of a disease that someone in the U.S. develops every 66 seconds. And with two-thirds of its annual costs being borne by Medicare and Medicaid, it is one that demands more attention from our government.

There are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, and approximately 140,000 live in Georgia.

Over the last year, congressman Collins has signed on as a co-sponsor for both; the Building Our Largest Dementia Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (S. 2076/H.R. 4256), and the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA S. 693/H.R. 1676). Combined, these acts move our country forward in the fight to end Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in the U.S. Alzheimer’s costs the country more than $277 billion a year, which is why support from our elected officials is critical. If we are going to end Alzheimer’s disease, then we must start treating it like the public health threat it is.

Join me in thanking congressman Collins for his assistance to the millions of Americans affected by Alzheimer’s. We appreciate his support by sponsoring the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training act and the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act.

Together may we realize our vision — a world without Alzheimer’s disease!

Robert Polak

Flowery Branch

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