Last month was Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. You may have noticed landmarks throughout Miami-Dade were aglow in purple, including the Biltmore Hotel, Doral Government Center and the Freedom Tower.
The goal of illuminating the county purple was to increase Alzheimer’s awareness. The disease affects 5.4 million Americans. Every 66 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops the disease.
Alzheimer’s is a global epidemic we can’t ignore. The financial impact of Alzheimer’s is so severe that this disease alone could bankrupt the country.
In 2016, Alzheimer’s and other dementias will cost the nation an estimated $236 billion. Earlier this month, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen went to the House floor to show her support for Alzheimer’s awareness.
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In her remarks, she said: “Every month should be Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.” Her words were a breath of fresh air for the 1.5 million Floridians living with or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease.
In 2015, caregivers in the state provided more than 1.2 billion hours of unpaid care. We must bring Alzheimer’s awareness to the forefront and as Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen said, “Every month should be Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.”
Jennifer Braised, Miami