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Reader Input: Alzheimer's and dementias

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For the 2.2 million Californians directly affected by Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, last week’s “60 Minutes” report is a familiar story.

The Daly’s, a married couple of 53 years, receives a diagnosis and they both begin a journey unknown.  I have worked with hundreds of families on their own journeys and witnessed first-hand the devastating progression of this disease.

The Alzheimer's Association and its volunteers raise money for research, provide education and caregiver support for those on this journey.  However, we need more support and more research to address what has become a public health crisis.

I thank Congressman Tom McClintock (CA-04) for supporting his constituents living with Alzheimer’s and urge him to co-sponsor the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure Act H.R. 4256. We must act now and together we can bring an end to Alzheimer's — the devastating and costly disease that affects millions of families each day.

Kate Kriner, Roseville