SOURCE: Alzheimer's Foundation of America

Alzheimer's Foundation of America

June 07, 2016 12:45 ET

Alzheimer's Foundation of America Renews Call for $1 Billion Funding Increase for Alzheimer's Research

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - June 07, 2016) - The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA), a nonprofit dedicated to providing optimal care and services to individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses, and to their families, has renewed its call for $1 billion in increased funding for Alzheimer's disease research from the federal government in fiscal year (FY)2017. This comes as the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Services and Education's meets this week to vote on a budget that includes $400 million in increased funding in Alzheimer's disease research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for FY2017. The allotment for Alzheimer's funding is part of NIH's $2 billion increase in the Senate.

"I congratulate Chairman Blunt (R-Mo.), Ranking Member Murray (D-Wash.) and members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the proposed increase in funding," said Charles J. Fuschillo Jr., AFA's president and chief executive officer. "Increased dollars will enable Alzheimer's research partners to continue and expand much needed efforts in finding a cure. As with last year's historic increase $350 million increase for Alzheimer's disease research, this is a positive step in the right direction; however, much more needs to be invested if we are to achieve the goal of the National Alzheimer's Plan -- to find a cure or meaningful treatment for this devastating illness by 2025. AFA will continue to work with members of the Senate and House appropriators to continue this upward trajectory toward realizing this goal."

AFA is also requesting an additional $40 million investment to enhance caregiver supports and services in fiscal year 2017. This additional funding is crucial in helping caregivers cope with the daily challenges of the disease. Such increased supports can help improve quality of life for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers and delay the need for costly nursing home placement. Currently, Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, yet still the only disease state in the top 10 for which there is neither a cure nor impactful treatment.

About Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA):
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America, based in New York, is a non-profit organization that unites more than 2,500 member organizations nationwide with the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families. Its services include a national, toll-free helpline (866-232-8484) staffed by licensed social workers, educational materials, a free quarterly magazine for caregivers and "AFA Partners in Care" dementia care training for healthcare professionals. For more information about AFA, call 866-232-8484, visit www.alzfdn.org, follow us on Twitter, or connect with us on Facebook or LinkedIn.

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