Congressman Palazzo Addresses Alzheimer’s

Today on the Coast, U.S. Congressman Steven Palazzo met with caregivers for Alzheimer’s in Biloxi. News 25’s Katarina Luketich shows us what these caregivers would like to see from Congress.
It’s a disease that shows no mercy, you forget your name, you forget your past, and you forget even the most familiar of faces around you. Since 2000, there has been a 109 percent increase in Alzheimer’s deaths. Roxann Davidson, administrator at Ocean Springs Health and Rehabilitation Center, said, “We see it every day, not only with our residents with the memory loss, with the cognitive care and just knowing that from day to day it can get worse progressively.”
That’s why Davidson was among a small group who met with Congressman Palazzo at the Grind Coffee House in Biloxi to discuss ways the federal government can help with Alzheimer’s. “You know, it’s good to put a face on the issues that are really affecting the people in your community,” said Palazzo.
Five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and those working around the disease hope Congress will put more money into research so we can eventually find a cure. “What an awesome thing it would be to be able to say ‘hey, we found it,’” said Davidson.
Congressman Palazzo tells News 25 he’s committed to helping the research for Alzheimer’s move forward. With the baby boomer generation getting older, it’s expected more people than ever will be diagnosed with this life-changing disease.
“I think it’s a win-win for everybody because our return on the investment is in the quality of life for those with the disease and their family members and also as a taxpayer, it will save us from having to spend billions of dollars on healthcare related costs in the future,” said Palazzo.
The House has appropriated $300 million in additional funds to go toward assisting the research into Alzheimer’s.
Congressman Palazzo hopes the Senate will incorporate that into their year-end spending package.

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