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Sandra Bainbridge: Support Alzheimer’s research

Sandra Bainbridge, Frisco
Support Group Facilitator and Volunteer Ambassador

September 21 is World Alzheimer’s Action Day. The sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., all Americans should be aware of the heartbreak and costliness of this horrible disease that robs loved ones of their memories and independence. Currently 72,000 Coloradans live with Alzheimer’s, and 222,000 caregivers provide unpaid care. With 10,000 Baby Boomers turning 65 each day, our economic system will be devastated by the cost of health care for people as they reach age 85, when 50 percent will develop Alzheimer’s.

Despite Washington’s economic climate, spending a small amount of money now for research to end this disease will save trillions of dollars in the decades to come, making good economic and humanitarian sense. I urge Coloradans to contact Congress asking for support of funding Alzheimer’s research. The Alzheimer’s Association stands ready to provide care and support at no cost for Colorado families living with Alzheimer’s at 800-272-3900 or

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