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New Issue Brief Looks at Medicaid and Dementia: Shows Vital Role for Millions of Americans
December 18, 2017
At a time of high-profile fiscal and health policy debates in Washington and in state capitals, a leading coalition today released a new Issue Brief showing the vital role of Medicaid in providing essential medical and support services for individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Statement from Ian Kremer about the introduction of the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) for Alzheimer’s Act
November 8, 2017
“The LEAD Coalition is encouraged by the introduction of the bi-partisan Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act. This legislation is aligned with our efforts to prioritize the timely, accurate, compassionate and actionable detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia and would further support the CDC’s Healthy Brain Initiative. We have long advocated for a transformative national strategy to improve detection and diagnosis, including through public health work such as the CDC Health Brain Initiative, along with action by other public and private sector institutions, This legislation is an important step in the right direction and should receive speedy attention by Congress.”

LEAD Coalition Urges Congress to Strengthen Alzheimer’s Research Care and Support; Executive Director Warns President’s Budget Blueprint Would Reverse Progress
PR Web | March 23, 2017
The Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer’s Disease Coalition (LEAD Coalition) stands with all Americans facing life-altering and fatal diseases in opposition to the President’s Fiscal Year 2018 Federal Budget Blueprint. The proposed budget makes shortsighted decisions that would eviscerate care, services, and hope for the most vulnerable among us…We call upon congressional leaders to move forward with the bipartisan commitment to fund the fight against Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

LEAD Coalition In the News & New Media

Preparing America for an Alzheimer’s Breakthrough
Opinion | The Hill | February 12, 2018

“Sooner or later, science will deliver medicines to prevent, slow or cure Alzheimer’s disease, but America’s health care infrastructure is woefully unprepared to deliver such innovative treatments to the millions of people who would need access. Unless the health care system accelerates its readiness for a breakthrough treatment, patients could find it difficult or impossible to get access to life-changing, perhaps life-saving, medical advancements when they are ready.”

Good Things Are Happening in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s Disease
Opinion | Morning Consult | November 22, 2017

“Don’t believe the naysayers. Good things are happening in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. While the challenges are real and enormous, Congress has built momentum and is poised to change for the better both the scientific and societal landscape. Since passage of the landmark National Alzheimer’s Project Act, Congress has been focused on developing and now aggressively executing against the national Alzheimer’s plan.”

Don’t Write Us Off: People with Dementia Press for More Rights – and Respect
STAT News | March 10, 2017
“’There are tens of millions of people around the world with dementia who need our support and compassion,’ said Ian Kremer, executive director of Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer’s Disease, a public policy coalition. ‘Not enough is being done to promote [their] quality of life. We can do a lot better.'”

Bringing Awareness to Our Communities (Video)
Dementia Friendly America | December 2016
“Dementia Friendly America has to be for everyone who is touched by dementia, or who may in the future be touched by dementia,” said Ian Kremer, executive director of Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer’s Disease. “Any community that makes itself any dementia-friendly than it is today, is a stronger community in every way, whether the particular project is in the banking sector, or the faith sector, or the hospital sector, the community grows stronger.”

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker Introduces Bill to Help Combat Alzheimer’s Disease (Video)
Office of Senator Wicker | September 22, 2015
“This is a hidden disease – it’s shocking with over five million families dealing with dementia of one sort or another,” said Ian Kremer, executive director of Leaders Engaged in Alzheimer’s Disease. “So many families keep this private, keep this hidden, don’t know how to talk about it, and they need examples like Senator Wicker and his colleagues in the House and Senate who take every opportunity to wear their heart on their sleeve and say what their family has gone through.”

Government Shutdown and National Debt (Video)
C-SPAN | October 16, 2013 
“Dementia costs the American people over $200 billion just for caregiving, and we invest a paltry $500 million in trying to arrest that disease or reverse its tide. It’s a ridiculously small investment, and it’s an investment that sequestration eroded,” said Ian Kremer, executive director of Leaders Engaged in Alzheimer’s Disease.