Senator Marco Rubio Asks Federal Government to Prevent Alzheimer’s and Establish Plan

On Sept. 30, Senator Marco Rubio joined a bi-partisan group of senators in a letter asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to establish an ambitious national goal to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and to establish a plan to achieve this goal.  

Alzheimer’s is a huge issue in Florida. Right now, more than 580,000 Foridians are affected by the disease, making Florida the second highest in prevalence in the nation. In 2020, reports show it cost the state 2.6 billion in Medicaid care alone, and that cost is projected to increase 28% by 2025.

Alzheimer's Association Ambassador Nancy Ginden with Greg Langowski, regional director for Senator Marco Rubio, at the Senator’s office in Palm Beach Gardens.
Alzheimer’s Association Ambassador Nancy Ginden with Greg Langowski, regional director for Senator Marco Rubio, at the Senator’s office in Palm Beach Gardens.

South Florida resident Nancy Ginden knows just how challenging Alzheimer’s can be. She was the main caregiver for her Uncle who had the disease and has had several members of her extended family diagnosed with it. Now as the Association Ambassador to Sen. Rubio, she had this to say: “I am thrilled to see Sen. Rubio’s initiative. With Florida having the second highest prevalence in the nation, it is critical that something is done now. Senator Rubio has been a wonderful advocate in our work to find a cure for the disease and a voice to those who cannot speak.”

Find out how you can get involved at ALZimpact.org.

Published by Alzheimer's Association, Florida

The Alzheimer’s Association is a worldwide voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our three Florida chapters serve all 67 counties with education and support in addition to raising funds for research. Our mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's and all other dementia.

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