Thursday, May 15, 2008

ACT now: Urge the USA Presidential candidates to address Alzheimer's disease!

Hello,

You know the facts about Alzheimer's: That it strikes another American every 71 seconds; that as many as 5 million in the U.S. have the disease today; that its toll on individuals, families and our health care system is crushing.

And now, it's time to share those facts with the presidential candidates — so that they can speak up and share their plans to address the Alzheimer's epidemic that affects more Americans each day.

In advance of Kentucky's May 20 primary election, the Alzheimer's Association urges you to visit www.alz.org/election08, where you can find links to contact the candidates and tell them how important it is that they do something now about this looming crisis.

Ask the candidates today what they are going to do to increase funding for Alzheimer research:

10 million U.S. baby boomers — 1 in 8 — will develop Alzheimer's. One in six women and one in 10 men age 55 and older can expect to develop Alzheimer's disease in their remaining lifetime.

Alzheimer's is fatal for those who have it and devastating for their families, friends and caregivers. It costs billions of dollars in lost productivity and puts an increasingly catastrophic strain on our healthcare system.

It's only going to get worse unless we do something. By 2010 there will be almost a half million new cases of Alzheimer's disease a year, and by 2050 there will be almost a million new cases each year.


Visit www.alz.org/election08 today to let candidates know that they must have a plan to address Alzheimer's disease.

Thank you,

The Alzheimer's Association

http://www.kintera.org/site/pp.asp?c=mmKXLbP8E&b=2857981

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