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Alzheimer’s legislation passes this week on The Hill

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From left are Cassie Jones, Alex Bowden, Barbara Bowden, Rep. Sam Whitson, R-Franklin, Laura Musgrave, Rachel Blackhurst and Leah White.

From left are Cassie Jones, Alex Bowden, Barbara Bowden, Rep. Sam Whitson, R-Franklin, Laura Musgrave, Rachel Blackhurst and Leah White.

The state legislature passed House Bill 37 and Senate Bill 28 Tuesday on Capitol Hill. This bill creates an Alzheimer’s Advisory Council for the State of Tennessee. The advisory council will be a permanent body tasked with setting up an infrastructure for combating Alzheimer’s disease and providing support for those affected by Alzheimer’s and their caregivers within the state. 

“The Alzheimer’s Association Tennessee Chapter wants to extend a huge thank you to State Rep Sam Whitson for his support. We could not have passed this groundbreaking legislation without the support of State Rep. Whitson and the other Williamson County legislators,” said Rachel Blackhurst, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy.

Tennessee has the 4th highest death rate from Alzheimer’s disease in the country and a half million Tennesseans are impacted by this disease. It is the 3rd leading cause of death in Williamson County.

If you or someone you love has been affected by Alzheimer’s disease, The Alzheimer’s Association Tennessee Chapter and the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement urges you to contact Congressman Green and Senators Blackburn and Alexander to co-sponsor the Hope for Alzheimer’s Act and the Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Act to further the fight to #ENDALZ on the federal level.

 

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