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than 5 million Americans are facing the challenges of Alzheimer's disease and
more than twice that number are caring for them. Alzheimer's is not simply
memory loss. Alzheimer's is not normal aging.
Alzheimer's is fatal,
progressive and there is no cure.
Alzheimer's disease robs individuals of the anticipated golden years of their
lives. It robs spouses of their companions and children of their parents and
grandparents; it steals the health of caregivers and the financial resources of
It's time for our nation's leaders to face the reality that Alzheimer's disease
will have a devastating financial effect on our nation. Alzheimer's is already
a tremendous emotional tragedy for the millions with it and their loved ones.
It is time
to make the fight against Alzheimer's a national priority. Specifically, we
call upon Congress to:
- Pass the National Alzheimer's Project
Act (S. 3036/H.R. 4689), creating an integrated federal campaign to
overcome Alzheimer's disease
- Pass the Alzheimer's Breakthrough Act
of 2009 (S. 1492/H.R. 3286), authorizing $2 billion in research funding
for Alzheimer's disease.
- Pass the Health Outcomes, Planning and
Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer's Act (S. 3674/H.R.5926) (formerly ADD-CAP
Act), providing Medicare reimbursement to increase the detection and
diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
When you factor in the costs to others – the
out-of-pocket costs to patients and families, the costs to private insurance
and HMOs, and the costs of uncompensated care to healthcare providers – caring
for people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias will cost the American
people $20 trillion over the next 40 years. That's enough to pay off the entire
U.S. national debt today and send a check for $20,000 to every man, woman and
child in America with money left over.
Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's disease. To accomplish this goal, we
need Congress to make Alzheimer's disease a national priority.