More Alzheimer’s research and support is needed

Alzheimer’s investments

Nearly 7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, including 164,000 in Virginia. As a former caregiver for my father, I understand firsthand the impact this disease has on families across America.

The progress we have made since my father’s diagnosis is due to the 2011 bipartisan enactment of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act that fundamentally changed the way we address Alzheimer’s.

I just attended the 2024 AIM Advocacy Forum with my fellow Alzheimer’s Association advocates. I met with Congresswoman Jen Kiggans on Capitol Hill to ask for her support of the following:

  • BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Reauthorization Act of 2024, which would continue strengthening the Alzheimer’s public health infrastructure to implement dementia interventions such as increasing early detection and diagnosis, reducing risk and supporting the needs of caregivers.
  • Appropriations, including an additional $318 million in fiscal year 2025 for Alzheimer’s research activities at the National Institutes of Health and $35 million in fiscal year 2025 for implementation of the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Accelerating Access to Dementia & Alzheimer’s Provider Training Act, which will empower primary care providers to better diagnose Alzheimer’s and other dementia and deliver high-quality, person-centered care in community-based settings.

Thank you, congresswoman, for being a champion for those impacted by Alzheimer’s and for cosponsoring the NAPA Reauthorization Act and the Alzheimer’s Accountability and Investment Act, which will extend the important work of the NAPA and the Alzheimer’s accountability act to ensure the nation continues to prioritize addressing Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Gino Colombara, Alzheimer’s volunteer advocate, Virginia Beach

Compassion needed

I volunteer with a program for individuals at the Oceanfront who work in poorly paid jobs or who are homeless. One individual who is always very polite and well-liked works at low-wage jobs and has been living in his van. The van has to be moved frequently due to parking restrictions, but two weeks ago, it was parked too long at a store parking lot. It was towed and has been impounded, along with all of his belongings.

On the first day, this person did not have the money to retrieve the vehicle. He did not let us know until recently that he was now living on the street. When we contacted the towing company, it now demanded a much larger sum of money for him to retrieve his van and his property.

Does this make any sense? Is this the outcome we want for our fellow human beings? Can’t we find a better way to handle these situations? Some localities have more humane policies for these situations. I urge our community leaders to explore some better options. In the meantime, this person remains on the street.

Sharon Q. Adams, Virginia Beach

Let’s clarify

Re “Legislation” (Your Views, April 12): I must take exception to the letter writer regarding his comments against Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s veto of the bill to ban AR-style rifles. The AR-15 is not an assault rifle, and it’s correct name is ArmaLite rifle, named after the company that created the platform.

It is a semiautomatic rifle that functions the same as any semiautomatic shotgun, rifle or pistol; one trigger pull, one shot fired. The M16 and M4 used by the military are both semi- and fully automatic. They may look similar but function differently. Our military would never take an AR-15 into battle. With an estimated 20-plus million AR-15s in the U.S., I highly doubt they are exclusively owned by “extreme political elements of our society” as the letter writer suggests.

John Miller, Virginia Beach

Stop Israel

President Joe Biden’s advisors are underestimating American voters and Democratic voters when it comes to Israel slaughtering Palestinians for 75 years. West Bank illegal settlers are openly attacking Palestinian landowners. Christian Palestinian homes, places of worship and hospitals are being destroyed right now.

Israel is blocking aid to Palestine. The Israelis want to starve the Palestinians out. Perhaps not all Israelis, but there has been plenty of coverage of Israeli civilians blockading aid trucks.

Listen to the interviews; they’re enlightening. Hundreds of thousands of people are displaced. Roughly 14,000 children slaughtered. The American people have had on blinders for 75 years regarding this apartheid. But the blinders are off now.

Biden will lose the election because of his callous calculation that the American people don’t care about the Palestinian people. No, people will not hold their nose and vote for the lesser of two evils. They will not vote for Biden or Sen. Tim Kaine. They will not vote for Rep. Rob Wittman. We will vote either Green Party or not at all. The Democrats are going to lose the Senate too.

It’s sad that Biden would rather use our tax money to support Israel than use the power of our great nation to stop Israel’s occupation once and for all. Our government, Democrats and Republicans, are allowing Israel to drag the U.S. and our troops into a war with Iran.

Stop arming Israel. Full sanctions against Israel are needed. You have let the world down. Anti-Zionism is not antisemitism.

Shelley Napier, Hayes

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