Dear Editor,

One in three seniors dies from Alzheimer’s disease.

It is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only one in the top 10 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 Ambassador, I am fortunate to work with Congressman Gerry Connolly on a regular basis to discuss the staggering impact of Alzheimer’s on Virginia and across the nation. Not only does he consistently support our initiatives, he participated in our recent Walk to End Alzheimer’s at the Reston Town Center. We are grateful for his willingness to not only attend our event, but he also held our white flower as part of our ceremony, representing our hope that we will one day have a survivor of Alzheimer’s. We are proud Virginia is represented by a champion in Congress for the 150,000 Virginians living with Alzheimer’s. I lost my Grandmother and Father to Alzheimers, both diagnosed in their late 50’s, my father dying at the age of 67. My Mother was his full time caregiver until 4 months before he passed. Alzheimer’s is always fatal. It affects the entire family.

Please join me and the Alzheimer’s Association in thanking Rep. Connolly for his continued support in the fight to end Alzheimer’s.

Michelle Alonso


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