LETTER: Support bills that promote Alzheimer's research, services

More than 11% of Flagler County residents 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s, according to a recent report in the journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Support bills that promote Alzheimer's research, services

Dear Editor:

Alzheimer’s is silently devastating our communities. According to a new report released at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, more than 11% of our loved ones in Flagler County age 65 and up are living with Alzheimer’s. Thousands of our loved ones are being robbed of their memories while caregivers, friends and families feel the impact on their financial, physical and mental wellbeing.

I observed firsthand the difficulty my family had taking care of my grandmother, who passed away from Alzheimer’s. In addition, as a certified geriatric care manager, I’ve worked with many families who struggle to find resources to assist their loved ones who live with this devastating disease.

Our leaders must act to reduce the burden of this disease on our community. Congressman Mike Waltz, please co-sponsor H.R. 619, the NAPA Reauthorization Act, as well as H.R. 620, the Alzheimer’s Accountability & Investment Act. These bills would promote rapid research and improve care and services for people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia.

I hope Congressman Waltz understands his actions to support these bills will make a significant impact on those in our community living with Alzheimer’s and their care partners.

Cindy Flowers

Palm Coast


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