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More than five million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, reports the Alzheimer's Association’s 2013 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report
[PDF]. By 2050, as many as 16 million Americans could have the disease.
In light of the growing need to help all people affected by the disease, President Obama has signed a funding bill
into law that contains a $122 million increase for Alzheimer's research, education, and caregiver support. Intended to facilitate the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease’s
aim to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer's by 2025, the funds include:
- A $100 million increase for the National Institute on Aging for research on Alzheimer’s disease
- $3.3 million to support Alzheimer's caregivers
- $10.5 million to expand home- and community-based caregiver services
- $4.2 million to raise awareness about the disease
- $4 million to train health professionals on issues related to Alzheimer's disease
Dementia can have a devastating effect on a person, and it can consume the lives of the person’s family and caregivers. With adequate support, however, everyone affected by the disease can lead lives of quality. Learn more about:
- Support for family caregivers
- Training to raise the standard for dementia care
- Creating a Dementia Capable Society in which people from all professions and all walks of life have the skills and compassion to help individuals with dementia be safe and well cared for.