Since Marian Blevins' husband passed away earlier this summer after a battle with Alzheimer's Disease, the Catawba Island Township, Ohio, resident has not stopped working toward bettering the lives of those with the mental illness. The News Herald reports that Blevin has been a fierce advocate for legislation and recently traveled to Washington, D.C.
to fight for the passage of three bills.
According to the news source, part of Blevins trip included meeting with members of Congress to show them photographs of how the illness affected her husband.
"I wanted them to think they're not beyond getting this ... 35 million people have dementia," Blevins told the news provider. "The response that I got was overwhelming."
Although her trip to the nation's capitol was her most recent endeavor, it certainly is not the only one. She has also contributed an essay to Caring Today magazine and met with health care specialists on ways to make homes safer for those living with Alzheimer's.
The legislation Blevins is advocating could becoming increasingly important as the number of individuals with Alzheimer's is expected to grow in the near future. The Alzheimer's Association estimates that by 2050 there will be 16 million people with the illness.