This month, the Alzheimer’s Association reported that the federal funding bill signed into law included a $122 million increase in funding for Alzheimer’s research, outreach, and support.
According to a press release:
The Association applauds the Obama administration for calling for increased Alzheimer’s funding in the president’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget and Congress for providing funding to enable the continued, effective implementation of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease. Both the administration and Congress have recognized the unfolding Alzheimer’s crisis and worked in a bipartisan fashion to strengthen Alzheimer’s care and support while accelerating research toward therapies that can slow, stop and ultimately prevent this disease.
“The Alzheimer’s Association celebrates this significant milestone with our more than 600,000 advocates who have been relentless in their efforts given the current fiscal climate. Their determination and passion are second to none,” said Harry Johns, president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association. “We commend President Obama for including Alzheimer’s in his budget request and Congress for providing additional resources to convert scientific opportunity into life-changing outcomes. We look forward to continuing to work together with both the Administration and Congress to build further momentum toward overcoming this devastating disease. It will be through collaboration and ongoing resource commitments that we will meet the goal of the National Alzheimer’s Plan of preventing and effectively treating Alzheimer’s by 2025.”
We previously posted about the launch of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease. This plan was developed with input from a wide range of expert voices in dementia and long-term care, including comments by CALA president Sally Michael. At the time, funding was slated to increase $100 million. The additional increase shows the administration’s dedication to the treatment and prevention of this disease. For more information, access the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease: 2013 Update.