One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s disease. It is the only leading cause of death in the U.S. that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
It is imperative that we have elected officials who are working to make Alzheimer’s a national priority.
As an Alzheimer’s Association advocate, I was fortunate to meet with meet with Congressman Vicente Gonzalez’s staff to discuss the staggering impact of Alzheimer’s in Texas and across the nation. In a meeting at his local district office, I shared my own personal journey in learning and advocating for this devastating disease and those impacted by it. I implored Congressman Gonzalez to be a champion in Congress for the number of Texans living with Alzheimer’s.
I am not directly affected by this terrible disease but many of my friends and their family members are. The daily struggles to provide care and find support are real.
Imagine caring for someone who has no recollection of who you are and why you are there. The emotional struggle plays hardship on all affected.
We asked Congressman Gonzalez to not only support the Improving HOPE Act but also the Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Act. The Improving HOPE Act would help educate clinicians on Alzheimer’s and dementia care planning services through Medicare. The Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Act would allow individuals with Alzheimer’s disease under the age of 60 to be eligible to access programs under the Older Americans Act. These two bills are critical steps to ensure adequate care in the midst of this disease.
Please join me in thanking Congressman Gonzalez for his support in the fight to end Alzheimer’s.
Mayra Moreno, Edinburg
What happened to our country?
What happened to America?
Well, I don’t have the answer, but I think I have a few ideas.
We took God out of our children’s lives, just in case Christianity might influence them in any way. By removing God, we also removed all basic standards for what is right and wrong. We teach our children that they were not created by a loving and caring God, but are simply a random “accident of nature.”
We entertain our children with violence in movies or TV, in cartoons, and in video games (the same type of games the military uses to train soldiers to kill).
We glorify killing babies.
We teach our children to do “whatever feels right,” and “whatever feels good.”
We teach our children that whatever you believe is right, is right for you — there is no objective right and wrong, just what you believe.
We teach them “survival of the fittest.”
And now we seem to be confused about what is happening in our country. What on earth did we
Nancy Welz Aldrich, Weslaco
Don’t support NRA recipients
So once again our boys in Washington are turning a blind eye to what is part of the big problem that adds more numbers to people being shot in mass shootings. And as we all know they are assault weapons, better known as machine guns.
NRA is known as the National Rifle Association, not the National Assault or Machine Gun Association.
I for one like and favor the Second Amendment because I like having my deer rifle and my shotgun for shooting bucks and deer. I do take a handgun when I go hunting, just in case a deer is wounded. I take it out of its misery.
So going back to our people in Washington who are supposed to be looking out for each and everyone in our nation: The NRA gives $30 million to our president and $10 million to $15 million to all other hypocrites who accept money for their campaigns so they can be in favor of not banning the deadly weapon.
We should not vote for anybody receiving money from the NRA.
Jaime L. Munoz, Alton