Indiana Congressman Larry Bucshon Supports Alzheimer’s Funding Bill

 Congressman Dr. Larry Bucshon spent time at the Walnut Creek Alzheimer’s Special Care Center discussing the “Building Our Largest Dementia Infrastructure” for Alzheimer’s Act sponsored by Kentucky Congressman Bret Guthrie.

At an estimated cost of nearly two hundred and sixty billion dollars annually, Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in the country and is the only leading cause of death in u.s. that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed.

Congressman Larry Bucshon is supporting legislation that works to bring more funding to Alzheimer’s research.

Representative Bucshon spoke with Walnut Creek’s management team and members of the Alzheimer’s Association.

The”BOLD” for Alzheimer’s act is aimed at making Alzheimer’s a public health priority, and developing best practices for intervention and caregiving.

The bill would bring government resources to the community level to provide funding for health departments benefiting caregivers, care providers, and care recipients.

“With our aging population although its not only the aged that get Alzheimer’s,” says Representative Bucshon, “I had an aunt who developed early-onset Alzheimer’s in her fifties, but the recognition of this earlier, and as we do have an aging population, the increased incidents of the diagnoses of Alzheimer’s means that we are going to have to find solutions and fund research and awareness.”

Representative Bucshon also talked to residents and toured the model room at the special care center.

The “bold infrastructure” for Alzheimer’s act would also direct the Center for Disease Control to establish Alzheimer’s center’s for excellence, award cooperative agreements to public health departments, and increase data collection analysis and timely reporting on Alzheimer’s.

In Indiana, one in eight of people 45 years and older report they are experiencing confusion or memory loss that is happening more often or is getting worse.

More than 80 percent of them have not talked to a health care professional about it.

Amanda Porter

Reporter and Anchor for 44News

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