The Alzheimer’s Breakthrough Act – Real Hope for a Real Fight
Congratulations and thanks to Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Ed Markey (D-MA) for introducing the Alzheimer’s Breakthrough Act, which will raise the focus of national funding toward finding treatments for Alzheimer’s that will cure the disease or slow or stop its progression.
This is such an imperative need for all Americans, not just those affected by Alzheimer’s. As we wrangle over our budgetary issues, finding a way to control Alzheimer’s is key to the stability of entitlement programs. See this excerpt from a press release from the Alzheimer’s Association on the Alzheimer’s Breakthrough Act:
“According to the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2011 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, total payments for health and long-term care services for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias amount to $183 billion, with Medicare and Medicaid making up the overwhelming majority of these costs. In fact, for every $28,000 Medicare and Medicaid spend on care for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias; the NIH spends only $100 on Alzheimer’s research.
This disproportion underscores the need for a greater commitment to Alzheimer’s research in order to find effective interventions that will reduce care costs. A treatment that delayed onset of Alzheimer’s by just five years could reduce the government’s spending on caring for those with the disease by 45 percent in 2050.”