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May 26, 2018

9/8/2017 7:29:00 AM
Lobby Senate for an Increase in NIH Funding for Alzheimer's Research

To the Editor:

According to the Alzheimer's Association, there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's disease, including 110,000 here in Wisconsin. In 2017, caring for individuals living with Alzheimer's or other dementias will cost $259 billion - including $175 billion in direct costs to Medicare and Medicaid.

As the only leading cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed, these numbers are only going to increase. Yet, despite these troubling numbers Alzheimer's research funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) remains underfunded.

As the executive director of the Alzheimer's Association Greater Wisconsin, I understand firsthand the impact this disease has on families across America. That's why I am calling on Congress to increase Alzheimer's research funding - by $414 million in the next fiscal year.

Thankfully, Senator Baldwin is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee which sets the funding levels for the NIH. It is only through increased research funding that we will discover new ways to treat and eventually prevent Alzheimer's and other dementias.

Please contact Senator Baldwin and ask her to continue the fight against Alzheimer's disease by increasing funding for Alzheimer's research by at least an additional $414 million in Fiscal Year 2018.

Laurie Schill

executive director

Alzheimer's Association Greater Wisconsin

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