Recognizing Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

Floor Speech

Date: June 15, 2022
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. THOMPSON of Pennsylvania. Madam Speaker, June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month. Worldwide, there are an estimated 47 million people living with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Without a change, these numbers are expected to grow to 76 million by the year 2030.

Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and is the only leading cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed. Sadly, one in three seniors will die with the disease.

This disease took my mother's life.

Alzheimer's has a devastating impact on those who are diagnosed with the disease and their caregivers and loved ones. More than 16 million Americans provide unpaid care to family and friends living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

Compared with caregivers for people without dementia, twice as many caregivers for people with dementia indicate substantial emotional, financial, and physical stress.

Madam Speaker, the time to act is now. This month, let's wear purple and help raise awareness and advance Alzheimer's care.