Rep. Soto Joins Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Orlando

October 10, 2018
Blog Post

On Saturday, October 6, Congressman Darren Soto joined thousdands in the Central Florida community for the Alzheimer's Association's Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. 

Alzheimer's Association research that shows 5.7 Million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s nationwide, 547,000 right here in the state of Florida, making us the 2nd highest prevalent state out of all 50 states. Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer's are women. Older African-Americans are about twice as likely to have Alzheimer's or other dementias, and Hispanics are about one and one-half times as likely. 

Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and the only disease in the top ten leading causes of death without prevention, treatment, or even, a cure. Early and accurate diagnosis could not only save lives, but also save up to $7.9 trillion in medical and care costs.

Congressman Soto is a proud co-sponsor of the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (H.R. 4256), legislation that will help strengthen Florida’s existing public health infrastructure across the country. The bill implements effective interventions against Alzheimer’s through promotion of early detection & diagnosis, promoting awareness for ways to reduce risks of cognitive decline, & prevent avoidable hospitalizations.