Alzheimer's Association (May 5, 2017): Alzheimer's Association & AIM Lead The Way to $400 Million Federal Research Increase

May 5, 2017

The Alzheimer’s Association, the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) and its nationwide network of advocates applaud Congress for hearing their call and taking action in the fight to end Alzheimer’s. Today, a $400 million increase in Alzheimer’s research funding was signed into law, increasing federal funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to nearly $1.4 billion. After years of stagnant funding, this is the second year in a row the Alzheimer’s Association request for historic funding increases has been acted on by our federal leaders.

“The Alzheimer’s Association and our sister organization, the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement, represent millions of families facing Alzheimer’s disease, and we know firsthand the importance of investing in research to advance faster against this deadly disease,” said Harry Johns, Alzheimer’s Association and Alzheimer’s Impact Movement president and CEO. “This is the latest in a series of policy victories in the fight to end Alzheimer’s, but more work remains. As the leading voice for those affected by the disease, the Alzheimer’s Association, AIM, and our advocates will continue to work with Congress to ensure continued bipartisan support for urgently needed research funding increases and access to necessary care and support services.”

Today, there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, the only leading cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. An additional 15 million Americans serve as unpaid caregivers for individuals living with the disease.

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