Letters to the Editor

Cost of Alzheimer’s

On April 6, I joined 1,200 of my fellow advocates at the Alzheimer’s Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C., to meet with legislators about the Alzheimer’s crisis in America.

Alzheimer’s is the costliest condition in the nation with a healthcare cost of $236 billion in 2016. There are over 5.3 million Americans affected by this disease and over 15 million Americans who, like me, are Alzheimer’s caregivers.

Hispanics are 1.5 times more prone to develop Alzheimer’s disease than white Americans and, as a resident of Doral, I’m extremely concerned for our local community, which has a large Hispanic population.

As the Alzheimer’s Association advocate assigned to Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart’s office, I urge the congressman to support legislation and funding so that we can find a cure for Alzheimer’s and provide the support and resources families affected by this disease desperately need. I know that together we can make great strides both at the local and national levels.

Mariela Kronen, Alzheimer’s Association Advocate, Southeast Florida Chapter, Doral