Letters to the Editor

Alzheimer’s disease

Florida’s presidential primary is March 15, and I will be paying close attention to the candidates’ positions regarding Alzheimer’s, which affects more than 5.3 million Americans.

My mother suffers from this disease. It seems almost everyone I talk to these days has a relative or knows someone who has it. However, there is no way to prevent or cure it.

Alzheimer’s also affects caregivers, not only emotionally, but financially and healthwise, as well. In 2015, the cost to care for those with Alzheimer’s disease was $226 billion, with Medicare and Medicaid paying 68 percent of that cost.

The Hope For Alzheimer’s Act would provide access to information and support for caregivers and providers as well as the ability to obtain a timely and accurate diagnosis.

Alzheimer’s disease must be a priority issue for the presidential candidates. This will certainly be on my mind as I cast my ballot. I urge others to do the same.

Mariela Kronen, Doral