This blog is for those who suffer from Alzheimer's Disease,
FTD and forms of dementia, caregivers, friends and medical professionals that want to share their feelings, thoughts, encouragement, vent and open how they cope with this disease. I was diagnosed in 2004 with the early stages, and quite frankly it scared the beegeebees out of me. 2007 PET SCAN confirmed all.
Last week, a Senate panel failed to make a critical investment in Alzheimer's research – a move that ignores the suffering of the five million Americans with Alzheimer's and the millions of Baby Boomers who will get the disease in their lifetime and yearn for a medical breakthrough.
You and I both know that this "business-as-usual" approach won't get us closer to stopping this disease in the coming decade. We deserve a stronger resolve from our elected representatives – the kind that we saw when Congress unanimously passed the National Alzheimer's Plan and when the Administration put forth a bold goal to prevent and treat this disease. Luckily, the budget process is just starting, and we still have a chance to make our case to the entire Senate.
Here's what happened last week: A key Senate committee kept out a proposal to infuse $80 million for Alzheimer's research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), refusing to provide a much-needed investment to boost Alzheimer's research.
Although these Senators voted to increase modestly the funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), we need a committed investment in Alzheimer's research today to try to save millions of lives and trillions of dollars over the coming decades. Astonishingly, Congressional leaders refused to allocate a basic investment in Alzheimer's research.
Our leaders failed us last week. As engaged and enraged advocates, we must hold them accountable. They need to know that we won't let them continue with their "business-as-usual" approach to Alzheimer's.
Our elected officials want to do the right thing. Many of them have been touched by this disease and want to stop it – just like you and me. But without public pressure for an expanded investment in Alzheimer's research, they'll continue to sidestep this issue and continue to offer the same insufficient response to what we know is the great public health crisis of our time. That's why I'm so grateful you'll join me in speaking out today. Thank you.
George Vradenburg Chairman USAgainstAlzheimer's
USAgainstAlzheimer's is a community of enraged and engaged individuals who have been touched by Alzheimer's disease and are committed to the bold and attainable goal of ending Alzheimer's by 2020.
We are caregivers, advocates, family members, researchers, and more, united by our frustration at a broken status quo and dedicated to mobilizing individuals to raise awareness of the human toll and fiscal crisis and to demand transformative policies to stop the disease.