MIAMI VALLEY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - The fight against Alzheimer's grew across the United States as President Donald Trump signed the 'BOLD' Alzheimer's Act.
The Building Our Largest Dementia Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act will create a public health infrastructure throughout the country to continue to fight the disease and preserve brain health. It also allocates $100 million to help with the fight, in addition to the extra $425 million that was dedicated to research in October.
The act establishes Public Health Centers of Excellence, which are dedicated to promote effective disease and caregiving interventions, as well as helping with education.
"To get a law passed in the middle of all this... I think it shows that the government is understanding that this is a real issue and we have to deal with it," Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Eric Vanvlymen said.
"A bill like BOLD increases the awareness that this is a public health crisis," he continued. "So our government and community can do more to help people with Alzheimer's."
Officials said that across the country, there are more than 6 million people battling the disease, including around 30,000 in the Miami Valley.
Representative Mike Turner (R - District 10) along with more than half of Congress co-sponsored the legislation.