Faced with a staggering projected surge in the number of Latinos living with Alzheimers, advocacy organizations announced the launch of a coalition Tuesday to combat the disease. LatinosAgainstAlzheimers, made up of four national organizations, aims to educate politicians, healthcare workers, and the general public on how to stem the rate of Alzheimers in the Latino community. The Latino community is expected to be disproportionately affected by the disease.
Advocacy organizations announced the creation of a coalition that would tackle an expected increase in Alzheimer’s cases affecting Latinos in the coming decades.
A 2007 analysis predicted that the number of older Latinos suffering from Alzheimer’s and related dementias could increase by more than 600% by 2050.
The coalition also formed an honorary congressional committee chaired by Sen. Robert Menendez whose mother died in 2009 after a long battle with Alzheimers disease.