Alzheimer’s research must be funded to fight the disease

The Alzheimer’s Association’s 2017 Facts and Figures report found a soaring prevalence

Alzheimer’s research must be funded to fight the disease

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 over 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 our Representative Dave Reichert 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.

I care about this because my best friend’s brother recently died of early-onset Alzheimer’s and much more research is needed to fight this disease that touches so many families. Visit ALZ.org or call 800-272-3900 to learn more and get involved with the fight against Alzheimer’s.

Thank you.

Ken Geisen

Maple Valley


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