Scientists recommend $414 million increase in Alzheimer’s research | Letter

The Alzheimer’s Association’s 2017 Facts and Figures report found a soaring prevalence, lack of effective treatment and enormous costs for Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

In Washington state, with more than 110,000 people living with Alzheimer’s, it is the third leading cause of death in our state. The 5.5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s will grow to almost 16 million by 2050.

The federal government has been making progress toward shining light on Alzheimer’s and other dementias, having doubled the small research budget in the last three years. Congress requires the National Institutes of Health scientists to submit a professional judgment budget each fiscal year to help guide the size of funding for Alzheimer’s research.

I urge Congresswoman Suzan DelBene to support the scientists’ recommendation of a $414 million increase in Alzheimer’s research. This increase will help achieve the national goal of a treatment for Alzheimer’s by 2025. The Congresswoman has been very supportive of our efforts in recent years, for which we are most grateful.

I care about this because I’ve lost loved ones to Alzheimer’s, and I don’t want the disease to claim more victims, who are dear to me.

Visit ALZ.org or call 800-272-3900 to learn more and get involved with the fight against Alzheimer’s.

Pete Minden, Kirkland

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