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Advancements vital to fight Alzheimer’s

I had the privilege, along with my children, on Saturday, Sept. 28 to act as the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) representative at the Annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Peoples Natural Gas Field.

The Alzheimer’s Impact Movemen is the advocacy arm of the Alzheimer’s Association.

AIM advances and develops policies to overcome Alzheimer’s disease through increased investment in research, enhanced care and improved support.

During the walk, my children and I shared information about the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement and provided an opportunity for individuals to use their voice.

Participants were able to fill our postcards to learn more about AIM and support our legislative actions addressing Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias.

It was overwhelming to me as a congressional ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement to have over 100 people complete postcards at the walk.

Additionally, hearing all the stories of people and how Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia has impacted their family and friends, as well as themselves.

I saw people rallying to raise money to make a difference. We need the support of our legislators on all levels.

I challenge everyone to use their voice. Get involved. Send a note, make a phone call to Congressman John Joyce asking that he support our efforts to end Alzheimer’s.

I will continue to advocate for a cure to Alzheimer’s.

Please join me in thanking the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA) including the key provisions of the bipartisan Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Act and the Palliative Care Education and Training Act.

To learn more about this disease and how you can join the fight to end Alzheimer’s, visit alzimpact.org.

Lori Pfiester

Altoona

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