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Congress Increases Alzheimer’s Research Funding

By Lauren Robison, 9:00 am on

As a country, one of the greatest battles we are facing is the war against Alzheimer’s disease. This debilitating disease impacts more than 5 million Americans and their families, and the numbers are only increasing, according to New Hampshire elder care professionals.  

Recently, American legislators took an important step in helping us all to win the war against Alzheimer’s. Congress approved a budget increase for Alzheimer’s research that will increase spending toward this important cause by $350 million. While this number is small compared to what is spent on AIDS research, heart disease, and other health concerns, it is a step in the right direction and one that advocates are cheering about. 

The increased budget has the potential to help, but there is still much work to be done. Scientists have yet to find a cure for Alzheimer’s, and there are no certainties when it comes to preventative measures that individuals can take to avoid being diagnosed. While many believe the disease is not insurmountable and a cure is forthcoming, to find it, researchers need approximately $2 billion to hit that goal by 2025. If budget increases of $350 million continued each year, researchers would have the funding they need by 2020.

As scientists continue to search for a cure, the costs associated with Alzheimer’s show no signs of decreasing. By 2025, an estimated 7.1 million Americans will be diagnosed with the disease unless science makes a major leap, and this would amount to more than a trillion dollars in spending for Alzheimer’s home care and health care by government programs such as Medicare, private insurance plans, seniors, and their families. 

Finding a cure for Alzheimer’s is critical for current and future generations. The faster a cure is found, the more our country will save, both in dollars and lives, making this an issue that citizens and lawmakers simply cannot ignore any longer.

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