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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

Sep 17, 2014 Julianna Evans
Sep 15, 2014 phillip krise
Sep 15, 2014 Kate LaDew
Sep 13, 2014 barbara wetula
Sep 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 11, 2014 kaitlin kennedy
Sep 10, 2014 Katia Alves
Sep 10, 2014 Ruthann McDermott
Sep 10, 2014 sherry dalton
Sep 10, 2014 Máire Woodhurst
Sep 10, 2014 Kimberly Burnett I have been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's.I am 42 years old and I am scared with what tomorrow holds for me.We need a cure and we need it now.
Sep 9, 2014 Mary Becker
Sep 8, 2014 Connie Eiland I pray they find a cure for it, my friend has it and it breaks your heart
Sep 8, 2014 Cindy Barker
Sep 8, 2014 Courtney beverly
Sep 7, 2014 Kathleen Leiter
Sep 7, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 7, 2014 Beverly Floyd My husband died from Alzheimer's. We need to find a cure. I don't want anyone else to suffer the way my husband and our family did.
Sep 6, 2014 Chris Usami
Sep 6, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 6, 2014 Deborah Marcellino Please support better funding to assist families/caregivers in taking better care of their loved ones
Sep 6, 2014 Monroe Foglia
Sep 6, 2014 Carlene Hardy
Sep 5, 2014 (Name not displayed) It is a terrible disease both for the individual and the caregivers.
Sep 5, 2014 Pam Walz Dementia is not just an elderly disease. I am only 55 years old and have had a form of Dementia called 'White Matter Brain Disease' for about 4 years now. Please, help find a cure for this sad & ugly disease.
Sep 5, 2014 Helen Russin
Sep 5, 2014 mary stawick
Sep 5, 2014 Sara Ross Vote for the HOPE FOR ALZHEIMER'S ACT!
Sep 5, 2014 Charlotte VanHagen Let's give the elderly a fighting chance with Alzheimer's.
Sep 5, 2014 Paula Lewis
Sep 5, 2014 Celestine Phillips This need so much awareness. This disease has hit my family hard. I have not only worked with patients but seen my own family suffer from this.
Sep 5, 2014 Charlene Sipe
Sep 5, 2014 Samantha Batchelor
Sep 5, 2014 Diane Jackson
Sep 5, 2014 Judy Hammond Please help the caregivers and patient
Sep 5, 2014 Jeri Diehl-Cusack Both of my parents had Alzheimer's disease at the end of their lives, so this is VERY important to me!
Sep 5, 2014 Winifred Hames
Sep 5, 2014 Beth Parks
Sep 5, 2014 Linda Reeves I, like so many Ameeicans have a parent wuth Alzheimer's, please see the need in the eyes of the patient.
Sep 5, 2014 Juliana Salvetti
Sep 5, 2014 Pennie Britz
Sep 5, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 4, 2014 Christina Petrucci
Sep 4, 2014 MARIA SIMAO
Sep 4, 2014 Sue Laskowski
Sep 4, 2014 Bethany Sipress
Sep 3, 2014 Jencie Hargrove Please pass this act. It would help so many people including my husband. Thank you.
Sep 3, 2014 cynthia sloan
Sep 3, 2014 Forrest Batson
Sep 3, 2014 Vickie Bahr

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