As an Alzheimer’s Association ambassador, I champion the fight to end Alzheimer’s and am proud of our community’s efforts. On Oc. 10, nearly 200 residents from Pikeville and the eastern Kentucky area joined the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s ® united in a movement to reclaim the future for millions. Through their dedication, participants raised over $17,000!
The Alzheimer’s Association is grateful for these dedicated volunteers. Funds raised through the Walk will further critical efforts to advance education, advocacy and support, raise awareness and promote research.
As a direct result of efforts by the Alzheimer’s Association and its volunteers in 2014, Congress took a meaningful step toward finding an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s. Under the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act, Congress has required the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to submit a professional judgment budget to them every fiscal year until 2025 to help guide them in allocating funding for Alzheimer’s research.
Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only one without a cure or prevention. After losing my grandmother to Alzheimer’s in 2006 and working with Eastern Kentucky’s geriatric population as a registered nurse since 1997, I know personally the issues our community faces in dealing with the escalating effects of Alzheimer’s. Every dollar raised through Walk to End Alzheimer’s moves us closer to enhanced care and support programs, methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure.
Congressman Rogers, with a plan in place to fight back against Alzheimer’s disease, and annual guidance to Congress, it’s imperative that the federal government fund it. Our community is doing their part to end Alzheimer’s; we hope you will do yours. Please support at least $300 million in additional research funding for Alzheimer’s at the NIH for fiscal year 2016.
For more information, call 1-800-272-3900 or visit alz.org.
Greg Gilbert is an Alzheimer’s Association ambassador for the Greater Kentucky & Southern Indiana Chapter.