Congressman deserves praise for vote to increase funding for Alzheimer's research

The Editor,

In recent years Alzheimer's has become one of the leading causes of death in this country. Yet in 2016, for every $100 the U.S.government spent on Alzheimer's research, $16,000 was spent by Medicare and Medicaid to care for those with living with the disease.

Thankfully, Congress is taking action. Just recently, a $400 million increase in Alzheimer's research funding was approved. I am proud that Congressman David Scott voted for this historic increase.

The human toll of Alzheimer's is obvious, especially to someone like me who is caring for someone with Alzheimer's, my amazing mother. Today, there are more than 5 million Americans living with this disease -- the only leading cause of death without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression.

Barring the development of medical breakthroughs to prevent or cure Alzheimer's, the number of Americans with the disease is set to triple over the next 35 years, and the cost of care will increase to $1.1 trillion in 2050.

It is only through adequate funding and a strong implementation of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease that we will meet its goal of preventing and effectively treating Alzheimer's by 2025. Please join me in thanking Congressman David Scott for his commitment in the fight to end Alzheimer's.

Sincerely,

Belinda Jennings

Douglasville

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