The Billings Outpost

Urge Alzheimer’s funding

Alzheimer’s stories are all around us.

My mom. My husband’s dad. My uncle. My college roommate’s dad and her young sister. My oldest friend’s mom. Most families I know have had this disease strike heartbreakingly close to home.

Today there are an estimated 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s including as many as 21,000 here in Montana.  

That’s why Montanans should join the Alzheimer’s Association in urging Congress to prioritize Alzheimer’s disease as a vital component of the fiscal year 2014 budget.

Alzheimer’s is not a Republican or Democratic issue – it affects all of us.  It was encouraging to see Congress create and pass, on a unanimous bipartisan basis, the National Alzheimer’s Project Act, which spurred the creation of the first National Alzheimer’s Plan.

The Senate has prioritized the National Alzheimer’s Plan by including an additional $100 million for research, education, care and support; it is vitally important that Congress include these resources in fiscal year 2014.

November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Please contact Sen. Jon Tester today and ask him to provide the funding necessary to support the National Alzheimer’s Plan through Alzheimer’s research, education, outreach, and support activities.

You can contact the Alzheimer’s Association state office in Billings. It offers a great resource and loan library, free education materials, group presentations, support groups (three in Billings), facilitator training and initial care counseling for families facing Alzheimer’s. 

The important thing is to let your voice be heard in Washington on behalf of Alzheimer’s families in Montana and everywhere. 

Joanie Tooley

Alzheimer’s Association


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