Tell Congress They Must Fund Vital Alzheimer's Research!
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Sponsor: Alzheimer's Association
Alzheimer's research is absolutely essential to understand, fight, and someday cure this rising epidemic.
Today there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's, and every 65 seconds someone develops Alzheimer's disease. Unless we move quickly to address this crisis and find better treatments for those who have it, Alzheimer's will increasingly overwhelm our health care system.
Congress must remain committed to action on this devastating disease. Please urge your members of Congress to include a $350 million increase for Alzheimer's and dementia research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the government's Fiscal Year 2020 budget.
These funds will support additional research into developing innovative treatments and diagnostics that can help delay the onset of symptoms and ultimately cure Alzheimer's.
Please urge your members of Congress to act now!
As an Alzheimer's Association advocate, I am writing to request that you support a $350 million increase for research funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on Alzheimer's disease for FY 2020.
This request is consistent with the Alzheimer's Bypass Budget issued by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). These funds will support additional research into developing innovative treatments and diagnostics that can help delay the onset of symptoms and ultimately cure Alzheimer's. It is critical to provide sufficient resources to implement a smart and strategic National Alzheimer's Plan. Without a continued substantial investment, our commitment to end Alzheimer's disease is simply an empty promise.
Because age is the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer's, the rapidly growing number of older Americans will lead to a corresponding rapid growth in the prevalence of Alzheimer's disease. The number of people aged 65 and older living with Alzheimer's or other dementias could grow from 5.6 million today to 13.8 million by 2050. One in 10 Americans over 65 has Alzheimer's, and the proportion of individuals affected rises with age.
Alzheimer's disease also poses an increasingly dire threat to our nation's fiscal future. We must decisively address this national epidemic. With increasing numbers of Americans affected by this devastating disease and its escalating impact on the federal budget, we simply must allocate resources to overcome this disease. Thank you for your consideration of this matter.