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November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month.

Support needed for Alzheimer's research

November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month. The Alzheimer's Association marks these events by recognizing the more than 16 million family members and friends across the U.S. — including 188,000 in Oregon — who are currently caring for a person living with Alzheimer's.

According to the 2020 Alzheimer's Association Facts and Figures report, caregivers of people with Alzheimer's provided an estimated 18.6 billion hours of unpaid assistance, a contribution to the nation valued at $244 billion. If Alzheimer's caregivers were a state, they would be the fifth largest in the country.

For over forty years, I have watched my grandmother, mother, aunt and uncle with this disease. I am relentless to advocate, raise funds and lead others to a day without this disease.

In recent years Congress has made funding Alzheimer's and dementia research a priority and it must continue. It is my hope that Senators Wyden and Merkley and Representative Kurt Schrader will continue to support an increase in Alzheimer's research funding.

During these challenging times — and always — the Alzheimer's Association offers help and support. Visit alz.org or call the 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 for more information.

Wendy Bond

Lake Oswego


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