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S. 2076/H.R. 4256

Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act

GOAL OF LEGISLATION

To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the expansion of activities related to Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive decline, and brain health under the Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging Program, and for other purposes.
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SAMPLE LETTER 

Dear [Senator/Representative]:

I am writing to encourage you to support and co-sponsor S. 2076/ H.R. 4256 the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act.

As a senior living provider in [state, my company/community] serves [insert number] seniors and employs [insert number] team members. Nationwide, approximately 42% of the nearly 1 million residents living in senior living have some form of dementia. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and another person develops this disease every 66 seconds. The disease impacts not only the individual but their families and friends. The cost of care, currently estimated at $259 billion, will increase to a staggering 1.1 trillion in 2050.

The BOLD infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act would create an Alzheimer’s public health infrastructure across the country to implement effective Alzheimer’s interventions focused on issues such as increasing early detection and diagnosis, reducing risk, and preventing avoidable hospitalizations

The Act would establish Alzheimer’s Centers of Excellence across the country and fund state and local public health departments to focus on interventions, support needs of caregivers, and increase data collection and analysis.

Until we can find a cure, programs such as the BOLD Act lead to innovative interventions, provide critical data to direct state and federal public policy, and ultimately help achieve a higher quality of life for those living with the disease and their caregivers.

Thank you in advance for your support.

[Signed]

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