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A large number of Ohioans afflicted with Alzheimer’s

To the editor:

Ohio is the seventh most populous state in the United States, with about 11.6 million people calling it home. It’s paralyzing to think how small that number seems when you think about the 210,000 Ohioans living with Alzheimer’s, and the nearly 600,000 Ohioans providing unpaid care as caregivers. Nationwide, about 5.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s dementia – nearly half the population of our great state.

June was the Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, and I’m writing to raise awareness and concern about this disease. Fewer and fewer people can say they don’t have a personal connection to a loved one that has or had the disease, diagnosed or not. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, nearly half have not been diagnosed, and of those that have, less than half are aware of their diagnosis.

There is so much to be done to combat this devastating disease robbing us of our loved ones, our hard earned money, and our futures. Please join me in asking Representative Bill Johnson to continue supporting Alzheimer’s disease research funding so that we may one day find a prevention, treatment, or cure. Each step, each Walk to End Alzheimer’s, each clinical trial brings us one step closer, but we can’t get there without you.

MICKEY MEELICH,

Canfield

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