Update on this post: Congress passed the funding.
The wheels of Alzheimer’s research and support seem to move slowly. However, there is hopefully a bright spot that was brought to my attention by the Alzheimer’s Association earlier this week.
Congress is currently debating the 2014 fiscal budget and the latest funding bill, which has received bipartisan backing (now that is something that seldom happens), includes $122 million in Alzheimer’s disease funding. The funding can be used for research, education, outreach and caregiver support. Personally, I wish it were even more, but it is a major funding increase.
I’m paraphrasing the information in italics from the Alzheimer’s Association website:
If approved, the funding will allocate the following: $100 million increase for the National Institute on Aging for Alzheimer’s research, $3.3 million to support Alzheimer’s caregivers, $4 million to train health professionals on issues related to Alzheimer’s disease, $10.5 million to expand home and community based caregiver services and $4.2 million for outreach activities to raise awareness. Additionally, the National Institutes of Health’s BRAIN Initiative will receive $30 million to support brain research.
If you haven’t already, let your congressional representatives know how important this financial package is to the future of Alzheimer’s research, education and support.
Your opinion counts, so please make your voice heard.
Here’s an easy way to do just that, thanks to the Alzheimer’s Association. Click to Communicate with Congress.