Become an Alzheimer's advocate in your community
There are more than 5 million people in the United States living with Alzheimer's today, and more than 16 million people will have the disease in this country by 2050. Alzheimer's strikes every community, but it has a significant impact on Latinos in the United States as they are at a higher risk for developing the disease. The cost of Alzheimer's to Latino families and our government is reaching a crisis level. In 2009, nearly 11 million family members and friends provided care for a person with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia in the United States. The cost for a person with Alzheimer's on Medicaid is nine times higher than for a person without the disease. Medicare costs are three times higher, and private insurance payments are 26 percent higher for older people with Alzheimer's and other dementias compared to other older people.
Now is the time for our elected leaders to act. Their leadership is needed now more than ever and they need to hear your voice in Washington, DC and your state capitol. The Alzheimer's Association is pursuing a federal legislative agenda that will invest $2 billion in Alzheimer's research, provide access to care and support services, and create a national plan to solve the crisis.
Please get involved today! Become an Alzheimer's advocate in your community. Together we can create a world without Alzheimer's.
*Communications to Alzheimer's advocates will be in English.