Did you know? According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, with more than five million living with the condition. With someone developing the disease every 66 seconds, this number could rise to 16 million by 2050. Our country is dealing with a silent crisis that affects many more people than we realize.

But the Ohio House is committed to doing its part in combatting this crisis. Earlier this year, the Speaker created a special Task Force on Alzheimer’s and Dementia, a committee I’m proud to be a part of. We’ve already met several times, hearing from advocates, caregivers, and families that experience these debilitating diseases each and every day.

Our mission is to spread dementia awareness and understanding while working to provide resources and decrease costs for those living with these conditions and keeping them independent longer. The task force is bipartisan, with five House members serving in addition to myself, and includes experts and professionals from the healthcare field.

In our meetings so far, we’ve learned about the scope of these diseases and just how strongly Ohioans are affected by it. Improving care for those suffering from these diseases, including standards for training and access to education, will be the subject of legislation to come.

More work needs to be done. With more than 210,000 directly affected by these diseases, their diligent care further impacts 600,000 more, the family and friends who so often take on the primary caretaker role. Each of their lives are important, and it is my hope that this task force will create solutions to support their needs and encourage this community.

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Bill Strengthening Penalties For Traffickers Of Heroin Signed By Governor Kasich

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State Representative Jonathan Dever (R-Madeira) today applauded Governor John Kasich’s signing of House Bill 171, legislation that lowers the amount of heroin in possession to be considered a major drug offender. Rep. Dever sponsored the bill with Rep. Bill Blessing (R-Colerain).