Keep up the fight against Alzheimer’s

Dear Editor:

One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s disease. The only leading cause of death in the United States 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 advocate, I was fortunate to meet with meet with Rep [Jared] Golden’s office to discuss the staggering impact of Alzheimer’s on Maine and across the nation. In a meeting at his district office, my fellow advocates and I shared our own personal experience with this devastating disease. We implored Rep. Golden’s office to be a champion in Congress for the over 28,000 Mainers living with Alzheimer’s.

During our meeting, I shared the story of how Alzheimer’s has affected my family, from an emotional, economic and physical standpoint. This terrible disease claimed the life of my mother in September of 2018 after a 10-year battle. As an Alzheimer’s Advocate, I want to get across to all of our elected officials the true impact on our communities and society.

Please join me in thanking Rep. Golden for his support in the fight to end Alzheimer’s.

Michael Vittum

Alzheimer’s Advocate

Brewer (formerly of Ellsworth)

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