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.