Time to change our thinking on Alzheimer’s disease | Letter

It is time we change our thinking on Alzheimer’s disease. Too often, Alzheimer’s and other dementias are treated as an aging issue, ignoring the public health consequences of a disease that someone in the U.S. develops every 66 seconds.

With two-thirds of its annual costs being borne by Medicare and Medicaid, it is an issue that demands more attention from our government.

As someone who has lost a loved one to Alzheimer’s, and as one of the 335,000 Washingtonians providing care to someone living with Alzheimer’s, I understand the physical and emotional costs of the disease.

Congress has a chance to take decisive action passing the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (S. 2076/H.R. 4256), endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Association. This new bill would create an Alzheimer’s public health infrastructure across the country to implement effective Alzheimer’s interventions like increasing early detection and diagnosis, reducing risk and preventing avoidable hospitalizations.

Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in the U.S. The nation currently spends $259 billion a year on Alzheimer’s, which is why we need this new approach. If we are going to end this disease, then we must start treating it like the public health threat it is.

Join me in asking Congresswoman Suzan DelBene and senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray to fight for the five million Americans living with Alzheimer’s by cosponsoring the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act.

Pete Minden

Kirkland

More in Letters to the Editor

A closer look at Emerald Heights expansion | Letter

In his Feb. 8 letter to the editor, a 13-year-old kid writes… Continue reading

On the Emerald Heights expansion | Letter

On the Emerald Heights expansion My name is Ethan Johnson. I am… Continue reading

Fraudster-in-Chief | Letter

In October 2016, a neighbor explained to me he was supporting then-presidential-candidate… Continue reading

Thank you Rep. DelBene | Letter

The Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act has just… Continue reading

Protecting your packages | Letter

Your article (“Let’s talk about race,” Redmond Reporter, Dec. 14) missed an… Continue reading

Protecting your packages | Letter

Regarding the article on package porch pirates (Redmond Reporter, Nov. 23), there… Continue reading

A frightening reality | Letter

One can only conclude that President Donald Trump’s reality is his and… Continue reading

Big Oil’s ‘Kool-Aid’ | Letter

Voters drank Big Oil’s “Kool-Aid” on Nov. 6 and rejected Initiative 1631.… Continue reading

The next generation | Letter

Did you know that 50 percent of all lifetime causes of mental… Continue reading

Looming taxes continue to burden property owners | Letter

Looming taxes continue to burden property owners In the City Council’s committee… Continue reading

Nudity in state parks should be legal | Letter

I haven’t been a nudist my whole life, but, over the past… Continue reading

I-1631 will benefit future generations | Letter

On Oct. 8, the United Nations issued a new climate report that… Continue reading