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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

May 22, 2015 Toni Soderholm
May 21, 2015 Kathleen Drury
May 21, 2015 (Name not displayed) My sister died at 60 of dementia,
May 21, 2015 Louis Venter
May 21, 2015 Jordi Estruells Chirivella
May 21, 2015 Theresa Yanez
May 20, 2015 fred fall
May 20, 2015 Joanne Montgomery
May 19, 2015 Anitra Gordon
May 19, 2015 Danielle Beasy For my mother #EndAlz
May 17, 2015 Richard Bosboom
May 16, 2015 Virginia Allgaier
May 16, 2015 Caroline de Ville de Goyet
May 16, 2015 Giuseppina Florio
May 14, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 13, 2015 Janice Sprow we lost my dad to alzheimers--- but I was blessed to be able to help care for him.
May 13, 2015 Roma Sweatman I urge each of you to do everything you can to fun Alzheimer's and give better healthcare and attention to the victims. My mother has Alzheimer's. It is the saddest disease, she is here, but she is not. She is so confused. She was always healthy and
May 11, 2015 Tasha Mahone
May 11, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 11, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 11, 2015 Melody Kaelber I am currently watching my mother deal with her dementia as I watched my grandmother. Currently I am seeing myself loosing more and more memory and I don't want to end up as my mom ad grandma did. Please make this a top priority issue.
May 11, 2015 bob hammond
May 11, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 11, 2015 LInda Schafer As my maternal grandmother and my mother both suffered and died with this dreadful disease, it is a very real concern for me. As I am approaching 70, I wonder.....will I be next? Please make this issue top priority for all of us!
May 11, 2015 Leticia Villarreal
May 11, 2015 darlene spurlock I lost my Mother to this dreadful disease.The only one that was there for her was her family.Don't let this horrible affliction take their dignity & their lives.
May 11, 2015 shannon webb
May 9, 2015 Tracy Principali
May 7, 2015 Allan Kaopua
May 3, 2015 Mick Mars
May 1, 2015 Bożena Staniszewska
May 1, 2015 linda barber
May 1, 2015 Shelia Crawford
May 1, 2015 Lori O'Dell
Apr 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 22, 2015 Jodi Veramessa
Apr 21, 2015 Jennie Wiseman
Apr 20, 2015 Jennifer Suttle My mother has Alzheimer's. This is a devastating diagnosis for her and everyone touched by her life. We need to find a cure for this illness that is destroying beautiful, intelligent people who contribute to our learning, lives and families. Please help!
Apr 20, 2015 marina adams My mother is 88 and has Alzheimer.
Apr 20, 2015 Carol Johnson
Apr 19, 2015 maary saffer
Apr 19, 2015 paul puzz
Apr 18, 2015 Heather Avogardo
Apr 18, 2015 Donna Desrosiers
Apr 17, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 16, 2015 donna lippert Help Congress raise more monies
Apr 16, 2015 Stephanie Valletti
Apr 15, 2015 Yvonne Depuy
Apr 13, 2015 Maria Paissios

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