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Higgins calls for action on Alzheimer's

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Representative Brian Higgins took to the floor of Congress to bring attention to what he calls a "public health crisis," one that will cost the Nation $203 billion this year.

"November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month," Higgins said during a brief speech.

"Over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's. (The disease) not only afflicts the victim, but also the family. A disease whose origins are unknown, but whose end is absolutely certain."

With the cost of Alzheimer's to the the nation expected to rise to $1.2 trillion in 2015,  Higgins is encouraging Congress to support the Hope for Alzheimer's Act.

The Congressman also recognized Nancy Swiston of the Western New York Alzheimer'ss Association for her efforts in building awareness of the issue.