YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Ohioans impacted by Alzheimer’s disease

To the editor:

I am one of many Ohioans whose family has been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. In a state of 11.66 million, a startling 220,000 individuals are living with this disease–and 600,000 of their loved ones are providing unpaid care as caregivers.

Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in America, costing the nation $256 billion in 2017. According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2017 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts & Figures, the number of Ohioans living with Alzheimer’s is expected to reach 250,000 by 2025. (alz.org/facts) The cost to Medicaid to care for Ohioans with Alzheimer’s will reach $2.36 billion in 2018, climbing 22.4 percent by 2025.

My beloved husband Chris, who died just 16 months ago, lived with the daily frustrations, depression and stigma associated with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was once an eye surgeon who loved life, family and his patients. At age 82, I cared for him at home until the symptoms were beyond my ability to cope with. Thankfully we had the $8,000/month cost of a memory care unit for him. Now my constant hope is finding a cure.

With no method of prevention, treatment, or cure, we must devote more to research this disease. I’m joining the thousands of other Alzheimer’s Association Advocates across Ohio to call on Senator Rob Portman to support the National Alzheimer’s Plan in approving an additional $425 million in FY2019 research funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fight Alzheimer’s.

Join our fight, or find care and support for you and your family by contacting the Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900.

MARILYN J. KING,

Sebring

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Salem Beautification: Thanks for helping with Downtown Cleanup Day

To the editor:

With a perfect day and temperature, Salem Area Chamber of Commerce’s Salem Beautification’s Annual Downtown Cleanup Day held April 21 went exceedingly well.

We would like to express our appreciation to the following:

Northwood Realty’s continued support: Kathy Hendricks, Barb Stamp, Linda Crider, Cindy Sneltzer, Bobbi Seguin, Beth Miller and daughter Gracie.

The Salem Quaker Football Team and head Coach Ron Johnson and his staff. The coach has instilled in his players the importance of “investing time” in their community and they truly give back. They have been a major force on Cleanup Day for several years.

The boys spread mulch throughout the downtown in record time. Again, without their help the individual volunteers and Salem Beautification members could not have succeeded in such a monumental task.

Salem football team members: Matt Castles, Blaise Chaffin, Jake Graffius, Turner Johnson, Josh Lehwald, Jordan Lyons, Jack Madison, Adam Magnuson, Jake Narvet, Robbie Sarginger, Cooper Stockman, Luke Weingart, Logan Wolfe, Josh Young, Seth Ameduri, Cade Campolito, Matt Chaffin, Gabe Hare, Zach Murray, Joe Pittman, Zarek Ross, Trey Solmen, Logan Stecker, Isaac Turnbull, Joey Watson, Jax Booth, Carson Cheresne, Noah Ferrier, Brady French, Cooper Gottschling, Toby Jezek, Clayton Lake, Andrew Walla, Zach Zumbar, Jason Austin, Aidan Cosma, Sam Murray, Griffin Panezott, Corey Riesen, Austin Sinkovich, Caleb Stockman, Carson Stockman, Damon Wolfe, Christian Chappell, Jackson Johnson and John Kidd; Coaches: Ron Johnson, Jason Swiger, Derek Frederick and Austin Noel.

To the following individuals:

John Panezott (Parks Commission member), Atty. Geoff Goll (City Council member), Emily Garman, Joe Kozar and Rob McCulloch

A special lunch of pizza and water were generously donated to all the volunteers from Salem’s Pizza Joe’s. Thank you to Abi Laughlin (store manager) and Dan DiFerio (owner) for coordinating this project.

A big thank you to: Mayor John Berlin for approving the purchase of mulch needed for all the islands and for the Timberlanes parking lot which will be cleaned in May.

Kudos to the faithful Beautification members: Sara Baer, Carolyn Jones, Robin Falk, Linda Grubb and Molly Copacia.

Jennifer Brown, Karen L. Carter

and Elaine Kothera,

Salem Beautification Co-chairmen

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