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Murphy & Alzheimer's

| Monday, June 19, 2017, 9:00 p.m.

I'm writing to share with readers that June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month. The intention is to help raise public awareness of the disease because today, more than 5 million Americans, including 270,000 Pennsylvanians, are living with Alzheimer's disease, and even more are impacted by the numerous challenges associated with the disease. Alzheimer's is the most expensive disease in America today, the nation's sixth-leading cause of death, and everyone who has a brain is at risk to develop Alzheimer's.

However, there is reason to celebrate. Congress recently approved the largest Alzheimer's research funding increase in history. I am grateful for all who supported this bipartisan effort, including U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy. In May, Murphy also became a co-sponsor of the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act. If passed into law, the act would ensure America has an adequate, well-trained palliative care workforce to help make a devastating diagnosis like Alzheimer's disease slightly more manageable.

We can all help the fight against Alzheimer's disease. Please join me and go purple this month for Alzheimer's awareness.

Carrie Stott

Mt. Lebanon

The writer is a volunteer ambassador for the Alzheimer's Association.

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