Alzheimer’s is sixth leading cause of death in U.S.

Published 6:20 pm Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Dear editor,

The Alzheimer’s Association estimates there are more than five million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and more than 15 million Alzheimer’s caregivers. As an Alzheimer’s Ambassador, it is my honor to represent them to our elected officials.

It was exciting to participate with 1,200 others from across the country in the 28th annual Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C., where we appealed to Congress for action on Alzheimer’s disease.

Each year, attending the Forum is a way that can I honor my grandfather and mother in-law, who were both taken too early from life due to Alzheimer’s. When so many advocates come together for this cause, it’s inspiring to be with others who understand the pain and grief that the disease has brought into our lives. We are able to fight together to try to end Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s is not only devastating but fatal. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only cause of death among the top 10 without a way to prevent, stop or even slow its progression.

Thank you to Hilary Beard, from Rep. Terri Sewell’s office for meeting with our delegation to discuss the Alzheimer’s crisis. We appreciate Sewell for co-sponsoring the Hope Act after our meeting , and we’re in great hopes that we can count on her fr continued support.

It is only through adequate funding and a strong implementation of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease that we will meet its goal of preventing and effectively treating Alzheimer’s by 2025.


stephaine Buffaloe

Ambassador for the Alabama / Florida Panhandle Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association