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.
The deep budget cuts – known as
"sequestration" – that went into effect earlier this year are slowing efforts to
find the cause of Alzheimer’s and to develop effective treatments and therapies
to slow, modify, stop, and eventually prevent it.
The NIH’s 2013 budget has already
been cut by $1.55 billion and, unless we can convince Congress to
change course now, even more drastic cuts will be made in 2014 that will mean
fewer research grants and delayed progress in medical
Some researchers are being forced to
take out personal loans to keep their labs open – a practice that is
The budget cuts also mean that fewer
research scientists are being trained – we’ve already lost one out of
every ten MD-PhD training slots due to sequestration.3
Congress will be trying to reach an
agreement on the budget in the next two to three weeks. This blueprint would set
spending levels, and without adequate room for biomedical research and other
programs, increased funding for Alzheimer’s research will be
You and I both know that the squeaky wheel
gets the grease. Raising
your voice now will help ensure that our call for
Alzheimer’s research funding can be heard in the halls of Congress.