Sep 192012
 
I Am Taking Action Because Those Affected by Alzheimer’s Can’t Wait!

For the past eight days, I have been walking—a journey of more than 200 miles in total. I chose to make this trek for each and every one of more than 5 million people suffering with Alzheimer’s disease—and in particular, for my father, Lt. Col. Carl Rabon Stephens, who is a retired army chaplain. Why am I walking to Washington, D.C.?  Because we need to ensure the passage of $100 million dollars for Alzheimer’s research [...]

May 232012
 
Glen Campbell Sings to Congress, Keeps Alzheimer’s in the Public Eye

On Wednesday, May 16, the Alzheimer’s Association hosted “An Evening with Glen Campbell,” an event to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease among members of Congress. Held at the Library of Congress, the evening honored country music legend Campbell, who is living with Alzheimer’s disease, and his family. Actress and philanthropist Jane Seymour welcomed a crowd including members of Congress, staff and their families. Seymour’s husband, James Keach, and his filmmaking partner, Trevor Albert, are making [...]

Apr 232012
 
Why I Signed the Petition for a Strong National Alzheimer's Plan

My mother had Alzheimer’s disease, and what it did to her was just terrible. Her mother had it too. A few years ago, my wife, a retired nurse, noticed that I was having short-term memory problems. When I got lost trying to find my way around a familiar hospital campus, we decided that I needed to be medically evaluated. That was in 2010, and I was diagnosed with an “early-stage” memory problem. A year later, [...]

May 052011
 

Congress has created a new Peer-Reviewed Alzheimer’s Research program at the Department of Defense.  The program was included in the federal spending bill signed by the president on April 15, 2011.  While countless programs received funding reductions, including a $260 million cut for the National Institutes of Health, the Alzheimer’s community secured a significant victory for Alzheimer’s research in the finalized spending bill. The Peer-Reviewed Alzheimer’s Research program created by Congress at the Department of [...]

Oct 072010
 
The Global Cost of Dementia

The Global Economic Impact of Dementia, the first study of such scope to examine the macroeconomics of all types of dementias, released by the non-profit group Alzheimer’s Disease International 2010 includes some hard-to-ignore data. About 35.6 million people worldwide live with some type of dementia — about four times the population of Sweden. That caseload will increase to 65.7 million by 2030 and 115.4 by 2050. It seems that with each new study, the numbers [...]

Sep 212010
 

Today, World Alzheimer’s Day 2010, we have seen new levels of attention around the reality of Alzheimer’s disease, including the millions affected in the United States and across the globe. More than 40 research riders in the Alzheimer’s Breakthrough RideSM arrived in Washington, D.C. to deliver the signatures of over 100,000 Americans who want Congress to make Alzheimer’s a national priority. Alzheimer’s Disease International released the new World Alzheimer Report 2010, highlighting the growing costs [...]

Aug 062010
 

Alzheimer’s champions in Congress are close to pushing the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) through in the remaining months of this year, and now they need your help. They have the momentum, but they will only finish the job if their colleagues – your Senators and your Representatives – hear from you, your family and your friends. Some members of Congress have told us they haven’t heard from constituents about why the passage of NAPA [...]

May 202010
 

Readers, I wanted to share with you an update on the cost estimates of AD. These are, of course, in addition to the incalculable emotional losses caused by the disease, but are quite astonishing in themselves. The tremendous physical and emotional cost of the disease to Alzheimer’s sufferers and their families has been known for decades. There is also, however, a financial cost of the disease. Finally, in 1998 and again in 2002, reports were [...]

May 182010
 

We’ve always known that Alzheimer’s disease is expensive. It costs families precious time with their loved ones. It costs people their lives. But the costs to Medicare and Medicaid are also devastating. This morning, we released Changing the Trajectory of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias: A National Imperative. a report that examines how in the absence of disease-modifying treatments, the cumulative costs of care for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias from 2010 to 2050 [...]

Apr 162010
 

Congress is now back at work on Capitol Hill after a few weeks in the district. We’ve heard stories from many advocates who met with their elected officials back home, and we know you are making a difference. We wanted to give you a brief update on where we are with the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA)(S. 3036/H.R. 4689). Thanks to the efforts of Alzheimer’s Association advocates, NAPA continues to gain momentum in Congress. In [...]

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