Alzheimer’s funding applauded


Since 2001, I’ve joined other Alzheimer’s advocates at the annual Alzheimer’s Forum in Washington, D.C., to ask legislators to increase Alzheimer’s research funding. Last March, we asked for a $300 million research increase to find a way to prevent, slow, or cure Alzheimer’s disease.

In the past week, we’ve received exciting news about a budget agreement for a historic increase of $350 million increase for Alzheimer’s research. One of our champions for this increase was Missouri Senator Roy Blunt.

It usually takes a personal experience to become a passionate advocate. I know the heartbreak of losing a loved one to dementia. I watched my husband lose his skills, talents, and memory before he lost life itself at 59 years old.

As an Alzheimer’s Ambassador to Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, I give her credit for pushing her colleagues to make Alzheimer’s a priority. She quickly saw the fiscal responsibility in finding a cure for a disease that cost Medicare and Medicaid $226 billion in 2015.

The vision of the Alzheimer’s Association is a world without Alzheimer’s. Increased funding for Alzheimer’s research is good news for the 5.3 million Americans with the disease and their families. For updates visit www.alz.org.

Linda Fisher

Alzheimer’s Advocate

Sedalia

Sedalia Democrat
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