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Thursday, March 21, 2019
 
 
How God Is Using My Friend Rep. Scott Plakon to Combat Alzheimer's

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Alzheimer's is a terrible disease. I saw its vicious work affect my friends, Florida Rep. Scott Plakon and his late wife, Susie. Last year, Susie went to heaven after wrestling with early-onset Alzheimer's for a number of years. She was one of the sweetest, loveliest and kindest people I ever knew, and everyone who met her mourned her death. But what the devil means for evil God can use for good. As a result of the Plakons' heartache with Alzheimer's, something incredible is stirring this week in Tallahassee, Florida. I invited Scott into Charisma Media's podcast studio to tell me about it. (You can click here or scroll down to listen to our entire conversation.)

"Just yesterday I passed House Bill 449 at its final committee—it's been through three committees already," Scott tells me. "It's a bipartisan effort. Basically, the bill started out five days after Susie passed away [when] the governor appointed me to something called the Alzheimer's Disease Advisory Council. There are 10 members, four of which have to be caregivers. ... It helps advise the legislature on Alzheimer's issues."

The first thing House Bill 449 will do is expand the Alzheimer's Disease Advisory Committee to 15 members, giving the speaker of the House two picks and the Senate president two picks. One of those picks must be from the House and another one must be from the Senate. The bill will also require the Department of Elderly Affairs to review and update the state's Alzheimer's disease plan every three years. In addition, the new legislation will establish another specific memory disorder clinic and protect certain clinics from losing funding.

This bill is important because, Scott says, "there are 550,000 people in our state and 5 million nationwide who are struggling with this disease that is so little understood. So part of my mission is just to bring awareness."

Scott says raising awareness is crucial because too many people have an inaccurate view of Alzheimer's, just as he once did. When Susie was first diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2014, Scott thought the disease was as simple as Susie losing her memory and one day passing away. But what he didn't know was that Alzheimer's comes with a host of other heartbreaking symptoms.

"I didn't know anything about my wife having myoclonic short seizures or grand mal seizures with head injuries," he says. "[I didn't anticipate] hospital stays with staples in the back of her head and a brain tear from the fall. I didn't know anything about agitation, almost psychotic-like breaks, where sometimes ... read more 

How God Is Using Rep. Scott Plakon to Combat Alzheimer's
How God Is Using Rep. Scott Plakon to Combat Alzheimer's

20 Minutes - March 21st 2019

Alzheimer's is a terrible disease. Host Stephen Strang saw its vicious work affect his friends, Florida Rep. Scott Plakon and his late wife, Susie. Last year, Susie went to heaven after wrestling with early-onset Alzheimer's for a number of years. But what the devil means for evil God can use for good. As a result of the Plakons' heartache with Alzheimer's, something incredible is stirring in Tallahassee, Florida. Listen to find out what Florida is doing to help fight Alzheimer's.

 
 
   
 
 
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