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Sponsored by: The Alzheimer's Site

Alzheimer's is a growing disease affecting more than 5 million Americans. Unfortunately, half of those living with this deteriorating disease don't even realize they have it. More often than not, an individual's Alzheimer's diagnosis can be overlooked due to brief doctor's appointments. If they are lucky enough to be diagnosed, patients and families can struggle with changing symptoms, lack of available resources, and medical staff downplaying the importance of the diagnosis. Without direction, patients and their families are left directionless as to where they can seek help.

The HOPE for Alzheimer's Act could be the key to giving patients an opportunity for an earlier diagnosis, access to information on care and support, and guarantee that all diagnosis' are documented properly. First introduced in 2012 by the Department of Health and Human Services as the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease, the latest version of HOPE (Health Outcomes, Planning, and Education) for Alzheimer's Act (S.709/H.R. 1507) has become one of the Alzheimer's Association's top federal priorities for the 113th Congress.

Let's speak up for our loved ones. Sign this petition to tell our Congress members about the importance of giving better healthcare and attention to Alzheimer's patients who are losing their memories to this disease!

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Dear Speaker of the House, John Boehner and President of the Senate, Joseph R. Biden,

Over 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer's disease. In the next decades, the Alzheimer's patient population is expected to grow to 16 million by 2050. Today, only half of these patients realize they even have this debilitating disease.

Due to brief doctor's appointments, overlooking diagnoses, and the lack of resources once a patient is diagnosed, our loved ones are not getting the help and care they need. Currently, the way Alzheimer's patients are being treated prevents them from effectively managing their Alzheimer's, denies them necessary medication, and misdirects them into specialized care.

This is not only detrimental for the patient but for their loved ones who may not be prepared for what comes next after diagnosis. The cost of caring for someone with Alzheimer's or dementia was about $203 billion in 2013, which is looking to increase to $1.2 trillion by mid-century.

Let's cut the cost and fear of Alzheimer's with the passage of the HOPE (Health Outcomes, Planning, and Education) for Alzheimer's Act (S.709/H.R. 1507). This act will ensure patients get an early and documented diagnosis. It also connects them with resources and a care plan that will improve the quality of life for the patient, their loved ones, and caregivers. By making Alzheimer's diagnoses and treatment top priority, health providers can coordinate cost-effective care while addressing complications of other chronic diseases that patients may have.

Please make the passage of the HOPE for Alzheimer's Act a priority to provide better healthcare and attention to our loved ones who are losing their memories to this deteriorating disease.

Thank you.

Petition Signatures

Jan 25, 2015 Joanne Wisden There but for the grace of God go any of us.
Jan 25, 2015 Nancy Achin The funding for this disease is pathetic, in comparison to other diseases, and yet the costs for care are just as high if not higher. Please do something to change that!
Jan 24, 2015 Darlene Ross
Jan 22, 2015 dorinda kelley
Jan 22, 2015 Kori McCarthy
Jan 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 22, 2015 Nena Sinclair
Jan 22, 2015 Deborah Golembiewski
Jan 22, 2015 Babbette Risen
Jan 20, 2015 robin fleming
Jan 20, 2015 Chiquetta Pack This is a must, especially when they are in the hospital. My Dad, is coming home today from a 5 day trip through hell. There needs to be more patience and compassion. Basically, he is coming home to die.
Jan 18, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 18, 2015 leah pedersen
Jan 18, 2015 Joy Branch
Jan 18, 2015 Michelle Reyes
Jan 17, 2015 bill shapiro
Jan 17, 2015 gail s
Jan 17, 2015 Lynn L We need a cure - FAST!
Jan 15, 2015 Caitlin Tubilleja
Jan 15, 2015 raphael balboni
Jan 15, 2015 John M Bagnell Alzheimer's is a horribly debilitating Disease.
Jan 15, 2015 Tacey Hellewell
Jan 14, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 14, 2015 Dori Grasso
Jan 14, 2015 Patsy Burnes
Jan 14, 2015 Paula Bargiel
Jan 14, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 14, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 13, 2015 Robin Steeves
Jan 13, 2015 Susan Keys
Jan 12, 2015 Elizabeth Cosslett
Jan 12, 2015 gail hoogendoorn Hopoefully early diagnosis will help to slow the disease and therefore contain the cost of this disease
Jan 12, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 12, 2015 Michelle des Lauriers Let's beat this despicable disease that steals not solely the life of the victim but steals from the souls of the family and other close friends!
Jan 11, 2015 Diwanna Zapalac
Jan 11, 2015 ginger martin
Jan 11, 2015 susan canale please pass HOPE for Alzheimer's Act..S.709/H.R. 1507)
Jan 9, 2015 julie salkind
Jan 9, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 8, 2015 Annie lebron I need help for my mother. If you are not rich or very poor you get stuck. Adult daycare extremely expensive, medicine that helps her $200. A month. We need help!!! Its hard to a caregiver and see that things that may help are not at my reach!!!
Jan 8, 2015 mauricio carvajal
Jan 8, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 8, 2015 Ron Updegraff Alzheimer's and dementia doesn't care if you're a Democrat or Republican...their deathly bi-partisan. Do the right thing and pass this bill!
Jan 8, 2015 (Name not displayed) Please make the HOPE for Alzhiemer's Act a priority.
Jan 8, 2015 Linda Craft It is imperative to the diagnosed and their entire family/support unit that you give us the passage of HOPE.
Jan 8, 2015 Terrance Keck
Jan 8, 2015 Mishelle Cave My mom was diagnosed with this horrific disease in 2006. Had I not documented everything mom was doing and her symptoms for the doctor, I do not believe she would have be diagnosed so quickly. PLEASE pass this!!!! Thank you so much.
Jan 8, 2015 Molly Ceppetelli For my Mom....
Jan 7, 2015 debea clayton
Jan 7, 2015 Cas Strouse

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