Alzheimer’s disease continues to impact more Colorado families than ever before, making it crucial for legislators on both the state and federal levels to continue to ensure that Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia are a priority. We will continue to fight for federal investments in Alzheimer’s research and improved access to better quality care and support services for individuals living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.

The Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) are proud to support the bipartisan introduction of the NAPA Reauthorization Act (S. 133 / H.R. 619) and the Alzheimer’s Accountability and Investment Act (S. 134 / H.R. 620). The NAPA Reauthorization Act, which was recently reintroduced in Congress, would extend the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) (P.L. 111-375) and the Alzheimer’s Accountability and Investment Act ensures Congress continues to hear directly from scientists on what resources are needed to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s disease.
First introduced in the 117th Congress, AIM advocates worked to build bipartisan support for these critical bills, with 65 cosponsors in the House and 27 in the Senate for the NAPA Reauthorization and 45 cosponsors in the House and 24 in the Senate for the Alzheimer’s Accountability and Investment Act. We hope to expand on this bipartisan progress in the 118th Congress.

I was first impacted by Alzheimer’s disease when I learned my grandma had been diagnosed two decades ago. It was painful to watch my grandma suffer, especially since she was the kindest person I’ve ever known. Since then, there have been advancements in research and care but Alzheimer’s disease and dementia continue to impact more people each year therefore it is important to continue prioritizing research of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

I join the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado in urging Representative Pettersen to cosponsor these important pieces of legislation.

Sarah Molepske, Lakewood

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