A breaking news report just revealed that there are currently-serving members of Congress who are secretly struggling with Alzheimer’s, according to their pharmacist.
Grubb’s pharmacy is Washington D.C.’s oldest community pharmacy, and it delivers medicine straight to the Capitol’s Office of the Attending Physician (OAP) for pickup. Pharmacy owner Mike Kim spoke with STAT News about what it was like providing medicine for the country’s top lawmakers, listing treatments for “pretty serious health problems,” including Alzheimer’s disease.
“At first it’s cool, and then you realize, I’m filling some drugs that are for some pretty serious health problems as well. And these are the people that are running the country,” Kim said. “It makes you kind of sit back and say, ‘Wow, they’re making the highest laws of the land and they might not even remember what happened yesterday.’”
Kim of course is forbidden by patient privacy law to identify which specific lawmakers are struggling with this severe form of dementia, and can only speak generally.
Today’s Congress is one of the oldest in our nation’s history. The average age in the Senate is 61, with the average in the House of Representatives right behind at 57. More than half of the U.S. senators running for reelection in 2018 will be over 65. President Trump is 71.
Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative disease with symptoms that include difficulty thinking and understanding, an inability to create new memories or do simple math, disorientation, aggression, paranoia, hallucination, and forgetfulness.