Dear Editor,

The Alzheimer's Association's “2018 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures'' report reveals a steep increase in the strain of Alzheimer's disease on people living with the disease, their families, caregivers and society at large.

For the second consecutive year, the total national cost of caring for people with Alzheimer's and other dementias will exceed a quarter of a trillion dollars, amounting to $277 billion in 2018.

The number of people now dealing with Alzheimer's has risen to 5.7 million people nationwide. Last year a person was diagnosed with Alzheimer's every 66 seconds, now it's every 65 seconds.

These statistics our immediate attention and Congress is the one body that can take the lead in bringing us toward a world without Alzheimer's. Currently, there is a new bill in Congress that desperately needs the support of Congressman Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler.

The Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act (H.R. 4256) will reframe Alzheimer's disease public health infrastructure across the country to implement effective Alzheimer's interventions.

The Alzheimer's Association calls on Congressman Gohmert to co-sponsor the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act (H.R. 4256). We are confident that with Gohmert's support, one day we will have a treatment or a cure and no more families will have to face the burdens of this devastating disease.

Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's disease. For more information go to alz.org or call the 24-hour help line at 1-800-272-3900.

Kind regards,

Mark Denzin

Executive Director

Greater Dallas

Alzheimer's Association

Kilgore News Herald

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