Letter to the editor

Letter: Let's end Alzheimer's

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Since 2000, deaths from heart disease have decreased by 14 percent, while deaths from Alzheimer's disease have increased by 89 percent. Alzheimer's is the only cause of death in the top 10 that cannot be prevented or treated and has no cure. This must change.

Today, 69,000 Coloradans are living with Alzheimer's, and 244,000 are caregiving for someone who has it. We must effectively prevent and treat Alzheimer's disease soon and support those impacted by it until researchers achieve this goal.

The end of Alzheimer's begins with all of us, including members of Congress. I urge Representative Perlmutter take these two important steps to help. First, actively support a $414 million increase in federal funding for Alzheimer's research at the National Institutes of Health. Second, cosponsor S. 693/H.R. 1676, which would strengthen the palliative care and hospice workforce for people with chronic diseases, including Alzheimer's.

Linda S. Oberg,

Lakewood

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