To The Editor:
Alzheimer’s is the only leading cause of death among the top 10 in the U.S. without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression – yet.
In addition to the human toll of the disease on the more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and their over 15 million caregivers, Alzheimer’s is the most expensive condition in the nation, according to the New England Journal of Medicine.
In fact, nearly 1 in every 5 Medicare dollars is being spent on someone with Alzheimer’s disease.
The latest research reveals more than 28 million baby boomers are expected to develop Alzheimer’s between now and mid-century.
Currently, 380,000 citizens in New York State live with Alzheimer’s disease; that number will grow to 460,000 by 2050.
We must invest more to find treatments and a cure now.
I urge Senator Charles Schumer to support at least $300 million in additional resources for Alzheimer’s research.
Alzheimer’s Ambassador to Senator Charles Schumer