Congressman Brian Higgins spoke from the House Floor this week to recognize June as Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month. Higgins urged his colleagues to support H.R. 1507, the HOPE for Alzheimer's Act, and to also ensure a strong funding commitment for research to find a cure.
The text of Higgins' remarks is below:
"I rise to recognize June as Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month.
"Worldwide, at least 44 million people are living with Alzheimer's disease. The number is expected to rise to 76 million by 2030. In the United States, 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's.
"And those who are affected by this disease know that the costs are high. The disease affects, or hits, both the afflicted and those who love the afflicted. It is a disease whose origins are unknown, but whose end is absolutely certain. It is a disease that takes your mind, your dignity, and eventually your life. Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and is also the most expensive disease, costing our nation $214 billion in 2014 alone.
"Mr. Speaker, I call on my colleagues to take action on finding a cure for this fatal disease by supporting the HOPE for Alzheimer's Act to improve diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's and to commit to making a strong investment in funding research to find a cure."