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State officials to hear from Alzheimer's advocates

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Published: Jan. 28, 2020 at 12:41 PM CST
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The fight for a cure for those with Alzheimer's Disease continues to be the main focus for most people involved with the disease. But other public policies and issues will also be discussed at a special Nebraska Alzheimer's Advocacy Day March 10 in Lincoln.

According to a release from the Nebraska Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. the event is a chance to meet face-to-face with elected officials to discuss Alzheimer’s disease and its impact in Nebraska, share constituents' personal stories of how Alzheimer’s has impacted lives, and make strategic requests of state policymakers.

Susan Bigg, an ambassador for the association, says it is a productive opportunity to share their thoughts.

"It's well attended and we appreciate that they take the time to come out and listen to what the needs are here in Nebraska," said Biggs.

Among those needs according to Biggs is a shortage of trained workers to assist those with Alzheimer's and dementia.

The meeting is from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at The Foundry, 211 North 14th Street in Lincoln. Any Nebraskan touched by the disease is encouraged to attend. Pre-registration can be done through

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Biggs also shared that on the national level, the National Institute of Health recently received $350-million in federal funding for Alzheimer's research. Biggs acknowledges that this is a significant amount.

"But, when you consider there's $350-billion spent in taxpayer dollars for people living with Alzheimer's, we need to find that cure,:" said Biggs.

Biggs said Alzheimer's is the most expensive disease in America.

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