In the start of this New Year, and all that we hope it brings, it’s important to remember that the greatest gift of all is our health. For the nearly 70,000 people living with Alzheimer’s in Kentucky, and their more than 269,000 caregivers, getting through the holidays can be especially tough.
But last month, Congress, (yes, Congress!) gave us something big to celebrate. Thanks to support from Representative Hal Rogers and Senator Mitch McConnell, Congress made a historic commitment to America’s most expensive disease, dedicating an additional $350 million per year for Alzheimer’s research.
These funds will begin to be released immediately to launch new, groundbreaking research that will accelerate the progress towards ultimately eliminating this devastating disease.
For me personally, this means research can continue to find a cure to a disease which has prematurely taken the lives of thousands of Eastern Kentuckians including my Grandmother Edith.
I thank the Members of Congress from Kentucky for understanding what a significant difference dedicated funding for research will do to help to prevent, slow and ultimately develop a cure for Alzheimer’s – you’re resolution to help ENDALZ gives us new hope for the new year.
Visit the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org for more information and to get involved.
Greg Gilbert, ambassador
Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Kentucky & Southern Indiana Chapter