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Senior Times - January 2019 BOLD LegislationPage 25To Combat DementiaBy: Christopher KnightBy developing a public health approach, the BOLD legislationwill improve prevention, treatment, and care for Alzheimer’s and other dementias and preserve brain 254 members.“This bill promises to improveThe U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act, legislation authoredby U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Tim Kaine (D-VA). The BOLD Act passed the Senate unanimously as well and now awaits the President’s signature.the lives of those suffering from Alzheimer’s and reduce the public health burden of this disease on our communities,” said Congressman Paul Tonko. “Building on our success inpast Congresses with the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act and the HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act, this bill represents another giant step forward, driving investments in Alzheimer’s infrastruc- ture that will advance public health research and promote prevention, early detection and diagnosis all leading to lower costs and better care. I’m proud to celebrate this bill’s passage alongside my fellow Alzheimer’s champions and look forward to seeing this important legislation signed into law.”Alzheimer’s disease costs the United States more than $277 bil-lion per year, including $186 billionin costs to Medicare and Medicaid. Without further action, the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s is expect- ed to triple to as many as 14 million by 2050, costing the nation more than $1.1 trillion per year.“Alzheimer’s disease is one of the greatest and most under-recognized public health threats of our time. Five and a half million Americans are living with the disease, and that number is soaring as our overall population grows older and lives longer,” said Senator Collins, a founder and Senate co-chair of the Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease. “After decades of increasing investments in biomedical research for Alzheimer’s, we are ready for the next step: to translate research into practice. The BOLD Act takes a multi-pronged public health approach that will create a modern infrastructure for the prevention, treatment, and care of Alzheimer’s and related dementias. I am proud of the overwhelming biparti- san support our legislation received in Congress and in communities across the nation. BOLD brings us to the brink of a brighter day for Alzheimer’s, and I look forward to it being signed into law.”This legislation would apply a public health approach to reduce risk, detect early symptoms, advance care, improve data, and ultimately change the trajecto- ry of this devastating disease. Headed by the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC), it would authorize $20 million annually over the next five years to establish:“The BOLD Act is the first step in addressing the ongoing public health crisis. I’m proud to have introduced this bipartisan legislation with my colleagues that will improve early detection and diagnosis, support caregivers, and edu- cate the public on Alzheimer’s disease and brain health,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “I will continue to be a fierce champion for ending Alzheimer’s before it claims more lives.”1. Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Public Health Centers of Excellence dedicated to promoting effective Alzheimer’s disease and care- giving interventions as well as educat- ing the public on Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive decline, and brain health. The centers would implement the CDC’s Healthy Aging Public Health Road Map, and would take key steps to support health and social services professionals as well as families and communities.For Admissions and Tour Information... Please Call (269) 870-5537 • marketing@gantonsc.comEnjoy the advantages ofAssisted Living“To prevent millions of more Americans and their families from being devastated by Alzheimer’s, we have to tackle this disease on all fronts. With the BOLD Act, we can empower our federal and state public health infrastructureto play an expanded role and we can better understand the true scope of this disease,” Senator Capito said. “This isa very personal priority for me, and I’m so glad to see it head to the President’s desk. It’s a great step for those living with Alzheimer’s, as well as all those who care for and love them.”2. Cooperative Agreements withthe CDC that would be awarded toState Health Departments to helpthem meet local needs in promoting brain health, reducing risk of cognitive decline, improving care for those with Alzheimer’s, and other key public health activities.Representatives Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Paul Tonko (D-NY) intro- duced a companion bill in the House of Representatives, which is cosponsoredThe BOLD Act was introduced by Senators Collins, Cortez Masto, Capito, and Kaine last year and is cosponsored by a total of 58 Senators and supported by 181 organizations and individuals.14420 Helmer Road South Battle Creek, MI 4901514661 Helmer Road South Battle Creek, MI 4901514316 Helmer Road South Battle Creek, MI 49015BICKFORD OF BATTLE CREEK3432 Capital Ave SW, Battle Creek, MI 49015 | (269) 599-5351 Bickford Cottage of Battle CreekGanton Senior Communities are committedto providing an atmosphere that gives people the opportunityto thrive. 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