Tuesday, July 10, 2018 1:00 am
Congress: Prioritize Alzheimer's fight
One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia. It is the costliest disease and the only leading cause of death in the U.S. 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 took part in the annual Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C., where I joined more than 1,200 others from across the country to discuss the staggering impact Alzheimer's has on our state and the nation. I met with the legislative assistant to Rep. Jim Banks, with whom my fellow advocates and I shared our personal experience with this devastating disease and asked for his support on two policies – the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act and PCHETA – as well as additional Alzheimer's research funding at the National Institutes of Health. We implored for Banks to be a champion in Congress for the 110,000 Hoosiers living with Alzheimer's.
I have watched countless clients and their families suffer from Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia; it is time to end this disease.
Please join me in asking Banks for his continued support in the fight to end Alzheimer's.
J. Bryan Nugen
Footballers' pride in country
I have been watching the World Cup, and it sure is refreshing to see the players on the field singing their national anthem. As the camera pans the group, you can hear this guy sing softly, then the next guy singing great and the last guy singing his head off out of tune but grateful he can make a noise for his country. Much different then “you know who” football. Makes me want to watch Major League Soccer instead of “you know who” football.
New leadership can make city great
I note with some concern that Mayor Tom Henry has decided to run again. The prospect of four more years of high crime, poor infrastructure (water pipes, streets, sewers and sidewalks), and runaway spending leaves me cold.
On a recent early morning walk past The Harrison on East Jefferson Boulevard, I noticed that three of the four benches had homeless people sleeping on them. That reminds me of all the vaunted economic growth being done in that area – the Electric Works project on Broadway, The Riverfront project and the new hotel near the Grand Wayne Center. There will be little opportunity for most people in Fort Wayne to afford to eat at the new restaurants or buy the popcorn and ice cream, either.
In 2019, we need to go another way. We need to concentrate on front-door issues instead of field of dreams projects. Those issues include safe neighborhoods, good schools, and good jobs for all our citizens. We also need to make government the last resort for our help. We need to strengthen our social service groups and our churches to be the first resort.
Henry has had his chance. It is time to turn the reins of power to a new generation of leaders to make Fort Wayne great.
W. Patrick Sefton