Alzheimer's research more important than ever
Alzheimer's disease is a growing health crisis and the nation's sixth-leading cause of death. According to the Alzheimer's Association 2019 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report, there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's disease, including 67,000 Oregonians.
The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research.
Alzheimer's is a disease that affects thousands across Oregon, but its effects are especially apparent right here where I run my business in the Milwaukie/Clackamas area. The number of memory care and assisted living communities in town is growing rapidly, which is a side effect of this terrible disease.
Alzheimer's disease is relentless. So are we. In recent years Congress has made funding Alzheimer's and dementia research a priority, and it must continue. It is my hope that Oregon's U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader of Clackamas County will continue to support a $350 million increase in Alzheimer's research funding at the National Institutes of Health.
Join me at the Walk to End Alzheimer's Portland at 9 a.m. on Aug. 24 at the Rose Quarter Commons. Start your own team at alz.org/walk.
Ryan Chapman is a financial advisor at Edward Jones Investments in Milwaukie.
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