August 22, 2018 - In a recent Trentonian letter to the editor, a Holmdel voter wrote about Rep. Smith’s record on funding Alzheimer’s Disease research and treatment.
“Thank you Congressman Chris Smith for all the effort you have put forth to find treatments and build community centers of excellence to help battle this disease that takes everything away from you. Please keep up the great work,” the voter wrote in The Trentonian.
As co-chair of the House Alzheimer’s Caucus, Rep. Smith is an outspoken advocate for Alzheimer’s Disease patients and their families. This spring, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) publicly thanked Rep. Smith for his work on Alzheimer’s Disease.
Additionally, Rep. Smith’s proposed bill Kevin and Avonte’s Law, was incorporated into an appropriations bill. Kevin and Avonte’s Law re-authorizes the Missing Americans Alert Program, which prepares local law enforcement to help find and protect wandering individuals, including those who have Alzheimer’s Disease.
In 2015, Rep. Smith introduced The Health Outcomes, Planning, and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer’s Act. In April of 2011, AFA presented its National Leadership Award to Rep. Smith, in recognition of his commitment to funding research and raising awareness about Alzheimer’s Disease In the same year, Rep. Smith co-sponsored the National Alzheimer’s Project Act ( P.L. 111-375) which requires the creation of an annually-updated strategic National Alzheimer’s Plan to fight Alzheimer’s, and help those with the disease and their families.