Alzheimer’s is the only leading cause of death in America without a way to prevent, cure, or even slow its progression. What’s more. Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in America. In 2018, Alzheimer's and other dementias will cost the United States $277 billion, with $186 billion being borne by Medicare and Medicaid. This means nearly one out of five Medicare dollars is spent on a person with Alzheimer’s. Unless we move quickly to address this crisis and find better treatments for those who have it, these costs will grow swiftly in lock step with the numbers of those affected, and Alzheimer’s will increasingly overwhelm our health care system.
Urge your members of Congress to support a $425 million increase for research funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on Alzheimer’s disease for FY 2019.