Senator Johnston joined the Alzheimer’s Association today at the State Capitol to express support for research efforts seeking a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. The event sought to raise awareness about the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s disease, the advancement of the Colorado State Alzheimer’s Plan, and the new Alzheimer’s disease research being conducted at the University of Colorado’s Denver Campus.
Senator Johnston, whose father has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, said today:
“I’m proud to join all the families and loved ones of the more than 70,000 people in Colorado who are struggling with Alzheimer’s disease right now. We heard testimony today from other people who, like me, are trying to find ways to care for and support their family members. It is more important than ever that the federal government invest in research to find a cure, and provide critical investment and support for families who need care.”
Alzheimer’s Association President and CEO Linda Mitchell and Huntington Potter, PhD., the new Director of Alzheimer’s Disease Programs at the University of Colorado-Denver, joined Senator Johnston today. Alzheimer’s Association Board Chair Kelly Rogers also presented a tribute to Fred Wolfe, a Colorado man who has walked from Denver to Vail each of the past eight years in honor of his father who died of Alzheimer’s.
After the event, Senator Johnston tweeted:
Just spoke to CO Alzheimers assoc for World Alzheimer’s month, thanked them for all theyre doing to help my dad and help end #Alzheimer‘s— Mike Johnston (@MikeJohnstonCO) September 6, 2012
Another unacceptable American gap: African Americans+Latinos twice as likely to develop #Alzheimer bc of diabetes and other medical factors— Mike Johnston (@MikeJohnstonCO) September 6, 2012