U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine) today issued the following statement on World Alzheimer's Action Day:
"As we mark World Alzheimer's Action Day, we should remember the toll this terrible disease inflicts on our country. More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer's, making it the most common form of dementia, and the disease is the sixth leading cause of death in our country. Additionally, according to the Alzheimer's Project, today 37,000 Mainers have Alzheimer's disease, a number expecting to reach 53,000 by 2020.
"Two years ago, I was proud to work with my colleague, Senator Evan Bayh, to introduce the National Alzheimer's Project Act, which was signed into law last year. Our legislation raises awareness of the disease and sets in motion a timetable of preventing and effectively treating Alzheimer's by 2025. I thank the researchers and advocates across the country, including those in Maine, who are fighting to end this crippling disease. Together, we can make that goal a reality."