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Opinion

Strive for cure

November 30, 2011

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To the editor:

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. As anyone who knows someone with Alzheimer’s can tell you, it is a devastating disease. The call for a cure is more urgent than ever. More than 5.4 million people are living with Alzheimer’s in the United States today. That does not include the caregivers and others affected. Additionally, total payments for health and long-term care services for Alzheimer’s disease cost the U.S. an estimated $183 billion this year. More than 50,000 Kansans are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, expected to grow more than 60,000 in the next 15 years.

But there is hope. H.R. 1897, the Alzheimer’s Breakthrough Act, would provide additional funding for research to find a cure. We should all encourage Rep. Lynn Jenkins to co-sign this bill. Since you started to read this letter, two people were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Before too many more lives are touched, we have to act. It could be our own futures we save.

Comments

Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 4 months ago

I am afraid that there will never be a cure for Alzheimer’s, the most we can ever hope for is to either prevent it, or to delay it as long as possible. I believe that once it has become obvious, permanent brain damage has already occurred.

A few of my family members suffered from it, and it is terribly painful to see someone you love very much turn into a shadow of what they used to be.

I try to always remember my older relatives as they were when they were younger and ever so much more vibrant than they were the most recent times that I saw them. It is simply too painful to remember what it was like to see my grandparents and one of my great grandmothers when they had no idea who I was.

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