Dollars for Alzheimer's Research

I was thrilled to hear on the news that President Obama announced an additional $50 million available to the National Institutes for Health (NIH) for Alzheimer’s research for 2012 (in addition to the $450 million already spent).  He also pledged to ask congress for an additional $80 million in 2013.  It is very clear to me that our current spending on Alzheimer’s research and patient care is significantly lower than is necessary.  As our population in Georgia continues to age and our Medicaid rolls continue to swell, the old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure really resonates.   According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the cost of care in 2011 for persons afflicted with Alzheimer’s was $183 billion, of which Medicaid paid for $22 billion.  That’s just not even close to enough.  There are five million people living with Alzheimer’s and that number will double in the next 25 years.