Pres. Obama is increasing funding for Alzheimer’s disease research, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease: it is a form of dementia (a loss of brain function) that progressively worsens, affecting memory, cognition, and behavior. Patients are typically age 60 and older, but Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging. There is no cure.
The boost in funding is particularly important because Alzheimer’s disease rates are expected to sharply escalate in the next few decades, due to longer lifespans and the large population of aging Baby Boomers. Funding for the disease, which is the 6th-leading cause of death in this country, is still behind funding for the battles against AIDS, heart disease, and cancer.
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