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CAF applauds the Alzheimer's Foundation report calling for increased federal investment in aging research
As aging baby boomers are reaching the age of risk for Alzheimer's, the federal funding for research on aging diseases has been sorely inadequate, and it's time for the government to increased investment in research to better treat, prevent and cure diseases such as Alzheimer's, according to a new report released by the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA).
In September, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund representatives were invited by the White House to be panelists at a briefing on Alzheimer’s disease. At the White House Briefing on the Challenge of Alzheimer’s Disease in the United States, Tim Armour and Rudy Tanzi made presentations regarding the current state of Alzheimer’s research to senior members of the White House, Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health and representatives of many Alzheimer’s advocacy groups.
WASHINGTON –Joining as the newest member of the Founding Board for the Women Against Alzheimer’s Network is Senior Vice President of Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, Sally Rosenfield.
Bringing together women from across the country who are leading the way in Alzheimer’s research, the Women Against Alzheimer’s Founding Network focuses on “harness[ing] the power of women” to build an “aggressive plan to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease.”
On Feb. 22, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services issued the first “Draft National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease." The plan is mandated by the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA), bipartisan legislation signed into law in January 2011 by President Obama. NAPA’s goals are to:
Create and maintain an integrated national plan to overcome Alzheimer’s disease which will:
ABC News Quotes Cure Alzheimer's Fund President and CEO Tim Armour on Obama Administration Announcement
Upon the announcement that the Obama administration will put $156 million toward Alzheimer’s research within the next two years, ABC news covered the story and quoted Cure Alzheimer’s President and CEO Tim Armour:
“Alzheimer’s threatens to bankrupt our health care system, affect the quality of care provided to patients and mature into one of the worst health care crises our nation has ever seen,” Armour said.
Findings from Cure Alzheimer’s Fund Help Drive the Alzheimer’s Initiative
“Alzheimer’s takes a devastating toll on millions of Americans,” said Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services. “It’s a very important health issue. The time for bold action is right now.”
After finishing his climbs for 7 Summits Climb for Alzheimer's: Memories are Everything campaign, Alan Arnette has been in Washington, D.C. this week speaking about his summits and his campaign to raise $1 million for the Alzheimer's community. Arnette spoke at the National Press Club where he met Tim Armour, President and CEO of Cure Alzheimer's Fund.
Leaders Engaged in Alzheimer’s Disease (LEAD), an open coalition of Alzheimer’s research, care and advocacy communities in which Cure Alzheimer's Fund is an active member, meets regularly to review progress toward a more rational and effective approach to eradicating Alzheimer's.
Congressman Ed Markey (D-MA) and Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) have introduced resolutions urging the United States Postal Service to issue a stamp to fund Alzheimer’s disease research at the National Institutes of Health. The “semipostal” stamp would have its proceeds specifically directed for additional Alzheimer’s disease research through the NIH.
Cure Alzheimer’s Fund applauds recent administration and congressional bipartisan action to help in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Two recent events deserve acknowledgement and recognition.