New legislation would raise awareness, funding to fight Alzheimer's

Modesto Morganelli
Dicembre 7, 2017

The findings highlight the need to develop measures that could slow the progression of the disease in people who have indications of neuropathological changes that could eventually lead to Alzheimer's dementia, said Ron Brookmeyer, professor of biostatistics at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and the study's lead author. Too often, Alzheimer's and other dementias are treated as an aging issue, ignoring the public health consequences of a disease that someone in the USA develops every 66 seconds. And with two-thirds of its annual costs being borne by Medicare and Medicaid, it is one that demands more attention from our government.

Alzheimer's is the most expensive disease in the U.S.The nation now spends $259 billion a year on Alzheimer's, which is why we need this new approach.

The researchers examined the largest studies available on rates of progression of Alzheimer's disease and used that information in a computer model they built that took into account the aging of the U.S population. This bill would create an Alzheimer's public health infrastructure across the country to implement effective Alzheimer's interventions including increasing early detection and diagnosis, reducing risk and preventing avoidable hospitalizations. It's time for some bold action to ensure that we start treating Alzheimer's like the public health crisis that it is. I applaud our elected officials who, like U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD-8), support our efforts to increase research funding through the NIH as well as our efforts to pass important legislation.

Join me in asking our Senators Murkowski and Sullivan and Representative Young to fight for the millions of Americans affected by Alzheimer's by sponsoring the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act.

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