Washington D.C. – Yesterday, Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán (CA-44) and Congressman Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) introduced a bipartisan resolution recognizing June as Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. The Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month resolution encourages Americans to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, advocate for Alzheimer’s disease research, and offer their support to individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
“In this country, 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia,” said Rep. Barragán. “It is critically important that we fight for greater research and awareness around the impact of Alzheimer’s disease. Many are suffering in silence because there is so much stigma and lack of culturally appropriate care around having Alzheimer’s. I want every Alzheimer’s patient, family member, and caregiver to know that you matter. I will never stop advocating for more investments in Alzheimer’s research and care.”
“We must raise awareness about the daily struggles Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers face as we strengthen the coalition of those supporting increased federal investment in critical research to find better treatments and a potential cure,” said Congressman Bilirakis. “Together we can end this debilitating disease.”
“On behalf of the more than 6 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and their 11 million caregivers, we are grateful to Reps. Barragan and Bilirakis for their continued support and leadership, most recently with the introduction of a resolution to acknowledge June as Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. The Alzheimer’s Association and Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) appreciate their efforts to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and other dementia and advance legislation to improve the lives of Americans impacted by this disease,” said Robert Egge, Alzheimer’s Association Chief Public Policy Officer and Alzheimer’s Impact Movement’s (AIM) Executive Director.
Nanette Diaz Barragán is proud to represent California’s 44th Congressional District, which includes the communities of Carson, Compton, Florence-Firestone, Lynwood, North Long Beach, Rancho Dominguez, San Pedro, South Gate, Walnut Park, Watts, Willowbrook and Wilmington. She serves as chairwoman of the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Border Security, and on the House Energy and Commerce Health, Energy, and Environment & Climate Change Subcommittees.