Early Detection of Alzheimer’s
This week, I joined Sen. Carla Nelson to introduce our bipartisan legislation aimed at promoting public awareness and early detection of Alzheimer’s disease, the progressive and irreversible brain disorder that affects more than 5.5 million Americans.
Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease that robs us of a precious commodity - time with our loved ones, and the data shows that our Black, Indigenous, and communities of color are being disproportionately impacted by its effects. Promoting early detection allows more families of all backgrounds the time they need to plan with their loved ones and take advantage of the growing number of resources for those impacted by this disease.
According to the National Institute on Aging’s Alzheimer’s Fact Sheet, recent estimates suggest that Alzheimer’s is the third leading cause of death in older Americans, behind only heart disease and cancer. You can follow the bill here.
The Economic Cost of Racism
Next week, during our Capital Investment hearings, we’ll be focusing on the economic impacts of racism in our communities, how capital investment projects have contributed to that, and how we can also use these projects to address this issue.
As chair of the Capital Investment Committee, it’s my goal to look through the work of our legislation with a new lens. Investing in local projects that focus on equity was something we were able to do last year and I’m excited to build upon that work. Our hearings will be held on Tuesday and Thursday next week, starting both days at 8:30am. You can find more information on our committee here, and keep an eye out for the issue we’ll be focusing on the following week - capital investment and protecting our climate.
Always feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call me (651-296-4262) any time with your input or if I can ever be of assistance. It’s an honor to serve as your state representative.