Upon the approval of the 2016 fiscal year budget, Congress has agreed to
remarkably increase government funding on Alzheimer’s disease research
by 50% this year, which is an additional $350 million dollars from the
previous budget. Although the amount is still relatively small compared
to research on other diseases, this is considered a tremendous victory
for healthcare advocates across the United States.
“Congressional champions from both sides of the aisle have heard
the appeals from leading scientists convened by the Alzheimer's Association
and the hundreds of thousands of advocates we have led,” President
and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association Harry Johns stated last month.
“They have answered with a bold, strategic decision to invest in
the fight against
Alzheimer's disease, which is a necessary next step in our country's journey to end this
Alzheimer’s care can be significantly challenging on family members
and caregivers. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.3 million
Americans are currently living with the disease. While some medication
is available, a cure has not been discovered yet. An increase of research
money from the federal government signals a colossal step in the fight
against Alzheimer’s, spending must continue to rise to effectively
alleviate the burgeoning costs of medication and treatment.
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