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