Opinion: HHS must act boldly to help African-Americans fight Alzheimer’s disease

As an #Alzheimers caregiver and professor on the disease, I know there is reason to be concerned about whether BOLD Act funding makes it into every community that needs it.

Former model and restaurateur B. Smith is a likely representation of life with Alzheimer’s disease. Beyond the gasps over Smith’s home life — she lives with her husband and his live-in girlfriend — her situation points to real-world challenges faced by black families caring for loved ones who have this life-altering condition.

Alzheimer’s is a public health crisis for which Congress has thankfully put aside its differences long enough to pass the Building Our Largest Dementia Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s () Act. Now the question is

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