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Congresswoman Waters Marks Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

June 6, 2014
Press Release

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) released the following statement marking Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month, which is observed in June.

"As the Co-Chair of the Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease, I know how devastating this disease can be on patients, families, and caregivers. The Alzheimer's Association estimates that more than 7 million Americans over age 65 will have Alzheimer's by the year 2025. According to recent data, women have a 1 in 6 estimated lifetime risk of developing the disease at age 65, while the risk for men is nearly 1 in 11. Therefore it is imperative that we take the time to recognize Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month and the impact Alzheimer's has on millions of American families.

"It is more important than ever to improve the lives of those affected by the disease and to raise awareness in our communities. I recently introduced two bills – as I have since 2008 – to address the needs of patients with Alzheimer's disease, their families and caregivers. The Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Act (H.R. 2975) authorizes grants to public and non-profit organizations to expand training and support services for families and caregivers of Alzheimer's patients. The Missing Alzheimer's Disease Patient Alert Program Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2976) expands a program that helps Alzheimer's patients who wander away from their homes and are unable to tell people in the community who they are or where they live. In addition, I requested $2 million in funding for this program for Fiscal Year 2015.

"I am also working hard to pass H.R.1508, a bill to provide for the issuance of an Alzheimer's Disease Research Semipostal Stamp. It requires the U.S. Postal Service to issue and sell an Alzheimer's Disease Research Semipostal Stamp, with the extra funds going to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to search for new treatments and a cure for Alzheimer's disease.

"No one should have to face Alzheimer's disease alone. While we do not yet have a cure for Alzheimer's, we must all do our part to promote awareness about Alzheimer's disease and support those that are providing care for loved ones. During this month and every day of the year, let's rededicate ourselves to Alzheimer's research, treatment and caregiver support so that we can help all of the patients and families affected by this tragic disease."