One way the Alzheimer’s Association is marking this day is through the release of the 2009 World Alzheimer Report. The report shows that the number of people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias is rising substantially worldwide. The impact on families, governments, and national healthcare systems will be immense, and it is essential that governments respond to this significant global public health threat now.
The Alzheimer’s Breakthrough Act of 2009 (S. 1492/H.R. 3286), introduced in the Senate by Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Christopher “Kit” Bond (R-MO) and in the House by Representatives Edward Markey (D-MA) and Christopher Smith (R-NJ), seeks to increase funding for Alzheimer’s at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to $2 billion which would be a significant step in restoring momentum in the pursuit of better diagnosis, prevention and treatment.
The legislation also creates a National Summit on Alzheimer’s, which would bring together researchers, policymakers and public health professionals to discuss the latest promising research avenues in Alzheimer’s disease.
Watch this clip from the TODAY Show interview with Alzheimer’s Association President and CEO Harry Johns and actor and Alzheimer Champion David Hyde Pierce:
Help fund breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s disease research while providing more support to caregivers. Tell your members of Congress to sign on to the Breakthrough Act.