Being bold for Alzheimer’s

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. Uncover the truth about Alzheimer’s and learn ways to take action at Go purple in June.

Truth: Alzheimer’s is a public health issue and the most expensive disease in America. In 2017, the U.S. spent $259 billion in direct costs caring for individuals living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, $175 billion of which came in direct costs to Medicare and Medicaid.

As a granddaughter of someone who lived with the disease, I have witnessed the effect that living with Alzheimer’s had on my Grammy and the entire family.

We would like to thank Representative Glenn Thompson for co-sponsoring the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (H.R. 4256). BOLD is a bipartisan bill that enables public health officials to promote prevention, early detection, and diagnosis, as well as collect data relative to cognitive decline.

In recent meetings we have also asked Representative Thompson to support an additional $425 million in Alzheimer’s research.

Please join me in thanking Congressman Thompson for his support and ask him to support an additional $425 million in Alzheimer’s and dementia research funding at the NIH. Together we can end Alzheimer’s.


Joni Shenck,

Senior Advocacy Manager – Alzheimer’s Association,