Concerted international action is needed to help the victims of Alzheimer's disease and dementia around the world, said Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations, on the eve of Alzheimer's Action Day 2013.
Scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21, Alzheimer's Action Day is set aside for Alzheimer's organizations around the world to focus their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer's and dementia. September is the second World Alzheimer's Month.
"Alzheimer's disease and dementia pose a growing threat to the world's physical and financial health and well being, and if unaddressed could turn what is a crisis today into a catastrophe in the near future," said Smith, co-chair of the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease. "On the personal level, Alzheimer's and dementia are dreaded illnesses that bring intense, protracted suffering to victims and their families. For members of the baby boom generation--as both caregivers for elderly parents and as they approach their own retirement years--Alzheimer's and dementia have become a major health concern."
"On Alzheimer's Action Day, we honor Alzheimer's patients, and we honor the people who love and care for them," said Smith's fellow co-chair of the Alzheimer's caucus, Rep. Maxine Waters (CA-43). "Alzheimer's patients deserve a life with dignity. Let us rededicate ourselves to doing all we can to support and assist all those who are affected by this tragic disease."