New legislation would raise awareness, funding to fight Alzheimer's

New legislation would raise awareness, funding to fight Alzheimer's

New legislation would raise awareness, funding to fight Alzheimer's

For the first time, scientists have attempted to account for numbers of people with biomarkers or other evidence of possible preclinical Alzheimer's disease, but who do not have impairment or Alzheimer's dementia.

"There are about 47 million people in the US today who have some evidence of preclinical Alzheimer's, which means they have either a build-up of protein fragments called beta-amyloid or neurodegeneration of the brain but don't yet have symptoms", Ron Brookmeyer, professor of biostatistics at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and the study's lead author, said in a statement. And with two-thirds of its annual costs being borne by Medicare and Medicaid, it is one that demands more attention fro, our government.

Congress has a chance to take decisive action passing the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act (S.2076/H.R. 4256).

Alzheimer's is the most expensive disease in the U.S.The nation now spends $259 billion a year on Alzheimer's, which is why we need this new approach. This bill would create an Alzheimer's public health infrastructure across the country to implement effective Alzheimer's interventions including increasing early detection and diagnosis, reducing risk and preventing avoidable hospitalizations. I applaud our elected officials who, like U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD-8), support our efforts to increase research funding through the NIH as well as our efforts to pass important legislation. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray to fight for the 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's by co-sponsoring the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act.

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