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Max Laird and Kanada Yazbek, Bismarck, Published January 20 2014

Letter: Alzheimer’s funds in new legislation

Congress has produced a bipartisan budget bill that recognizes the critical need for our nation to address Alzheimer’s, our country’s most expensive disease. The bill includes $122 million in new Alzheimer’s funding. This new funding includes a $100 million increase for Alzheimer’s research.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most under-recognized public health crisis of the 21st century. According to the Alzheimer’s Association Facts and Figures report, costs of caring for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias will soar from an estimated $203 billion this year to a projected $1.2 trillion per year by 2050.

A commitment to Alzheimer’s research is critical to our nation’s fiscal health, and we commend Congress for accomplishing bipartisan action at a time of sizable fiscal challenges.

Laird and Yazbek co-chair the Public Policy Committee, Alzheimer’s Assocation Minnesota-North Dakota.