Young Activists Call for Presidential Candidates to Address Health & Economic Impacts of Alzheimer's Disease

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for World Alzheimer's Day, a group of young activists in their 20's have created a nationwide call to action for presidential candidates to take action on Alzheimer's disease.

Spearheaded by The Youth Movement Against Alzheimer's (YMAA), a nonprofit with high school and college chapters across the

country, the MoveOn.org petition aims to put Alzheimer's at the forefront of the upcoming election. 70 collegiate members will hand-deliver the signed petitions to congressional leaders and candidates on Capitol Hill Oct. 24th during UsAgainstAlzheimer's Advocacy Day.

The call to action includes demanding that presidential candidates and members of Congress work to:

  • Invest in better careáby increasing support and available resources for family caregivers
  • Invest in a cureáby increasing federal funding for Alzheimer's research
  • Harness the power of volunteersáto fight ageism and promote healthy aging
  • Give caregivers a breakáby advancing economic and workforce policies that ease economic hardship of caregiving
  • Promote an early and accurate diagnosis of Alzheimer'sáby encouraging early assessment, proactive brain health across the lifespan, and improved access to diagnostic tools among health providers

"We want to tell our presidential candidates and elected leaders that young people care about the Alzheimer's crisis," said YMAA Chairman and co-founder, Nihal Satyadev. "1.5 million young people provide Alzheimer's-related care, and 40 percent go into debt doing it. We should not be punished for becoming caregivers, and these numbers are way too high to go unacknowledged."

Today in the U.S., 16 million caregivers provide 18 billion hours in unpaid care. This equates to an annual cost of $290 billion, which is projected to rise to $1.1 trillion by 2050.

"Alzheimer's disease is not only a healthcare issue, but it's a social and economic issue that can and will bankrupt our economy," said incoming CEO, Harrison Ma. "We hope this petition highlights that both youth and older adults acknowledge the problem and want comprehensive solutions."

About YMAAThe Youth Movement Against Alzheimer's (YMAA) is the nation's leading nonprofit in providing opportunities for high school and college students to volunteer, research and advocate for Alzheimer's. YMAA envisions a culture where youth embrace aging and alleviate the impact of Alzheimer's. www.theyouthmovement.org

Contact: Alissa Anderegg Director of Marketingalissa@theyouthmovement.org

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SOURCE The Youth Movement Against Alzheimer's



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