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Kansas City Star (Letter to the Editor): Blunt’s assistance

August 31, 2018

More than 110,000 people in Missouri are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and more than 314,000 family members and friends serve as their caregivers. As the full-time caregiver for my mom living with Alzheimer’s, I know firsthand how stressful this job can be. It can be exhausting to provide around-the-clock care for someone who doesn’t always recognize me, but I do it out of love.

I was delighted to learn that the U.S. Senate, thanks to Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt’s leadership, has approved a bill that would significantly boost federal support for Alzheimer’s research. The $425 million increase for the National Institutes of Health is a drop in the bucket considering the annual cost of Alzheimer’s is nearly $300 billion, but more funding for research is critical to families like mine waiting for a cure.

The increase isn’t final, so we must encourage Congress to push through the $425 million in the final appropriations bill for the next fiscal year. And we must also support the Concentrating on High-Value Alzheimer’s Needs to Get to an End (CHANGE) Act, which would help improve early detection and improve Alzheimer’s care for patients and caregivers.

Thank you, Sen. Blunt. We are counting on you to keep supporting people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.

Daisy Duarte

Springfield, Mo.

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