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While we often assume Alzheimer’s Disease only impacts older individuals, there are approximately 200,000 people (or the equivalent population of Cabarrus County) in the nation living with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Some of these people are in their 40s and 50s (potentially a person the same age as me). As an Alzheimer’s advocate, it is my honor to represent each of these individuals and our community toward breakthroughs that will prevent and effectively treat all forms of Alzheimer’s Disease by 2025.

While in Washington DC for the Alzheimer’s Advocacy Forum in March and April, I had the honor of sitting down and speaking with Congressman Richard Hudson, R-North Carolina who is a co-sponsor of the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (P.L. 115-406) which Congress passed into law late last year. It is only through adequately funding research and policies like the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act that we can meet the goal of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s by 2025.

For this, I want to thank Congressman Hudson and his commitment to our community.

To learn more about this disease, legislation currently being presented on Alzheimer’s, and how you can join the fight to end Alzheimer’s, visit alzimpact.org.

Amanda Buck

Community Outreach Director

Cannon Pharmacies

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