News from Representative Sánchez

   

Dear Friend,

June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness month. This is an important time to shed light on a disease that almost 6 million Americans live with currently.

The battle against Alzheimer's disease is especially personal to me. Last year, I lost my father to this tragic disease. My mother continues to suffer from it. It hurt watching both of them slowly lose their independence, knowing there is nothing to stop the disease's progression. Alzheimer's also disproportionately affects many in our community. Latinos are at a greater risk of developing the disease than any other racial group, and there is still no cure.

In Washington, I am working hard to ensure that Alzheimer's gets the attention and funding that it deserves. Each year, I strongly advocate for more adequate funding to research this disease, identifying ways to improve care and ultimately find a cure. I also continue working with my colleagues across the political spectrum to change the way we diagnose and treat Alzheimer's disease. Recently, I introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Concentrating on High-Value Alzheimer’s Needs to Get to an End (CHANGE) Act. This legislation would accelerate progress for early detection and treatment, as well as provide critical support for family caregivers.

More than 16 million Americans provide unpaid care for family and friends with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. With the number of cases predicted to rise in coming years, there is more that needs to be done to support family caregivers who are juggling their caregiving responsibilities with their careers. That is why I also introduced the bipartisan Credit for Caring Act, which would make caregivers eligible for a tax credit to defray some of the financials costs associated with caregiving.

Know that I will never stop fighting to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease. In the meantime, I will continue working to ensure we have the supports in place to help patients and family caregivers navigate this disease.

Sincerely,

Linda T. Sánchez
Member of Congress

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Organizations like the Alzheimer's Association continue to play a key role in the fight to eliminate Alzheimer's disease. Their unwavering support for additional research and enhanced care helps build support across the political spectrum. 

 

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