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Rep. Gallego’s One Minute Speech on Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

June 17, 2015
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ALZHEIMERS AND BRAIN AWARENESS MONTH REMARKS

 

Mr. Speaker:

The strength of our communities depends on the health and well-being of our families.  

Unfortunately, millions of families across our nation, including thousands in Arizona, are impacted by Alzheimer’s and dementias.

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. It is my hope that we can come together – Republicans and Democrats—and commit to giving researchers the resources they need to combat Alzheimer’s and other diseases but also to making sure patients and families have the care and support they need.

Policies like paid leave, caregiver support, workforce training, and long-term care options must be expanded if we truly want to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

These policies are especially important for women and communities of color. Hispanics are 1.5 times as likely to have Alzheimer’s as their white counterparts, and African-Americans are twice as likely.

Studies have also demonstrated that socioeconomic factors play a role in disparities of Alzheimer’s.  This is completely unacceptable. 

Mr. Speaker, in America, your health and the health of your family should not depend on your income or your zip code.

I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure all American families – including those affected by Alzheimer’s and dementias – have access to the support and care they deserve.

Thank you and I yield back.