Letters to the Editor

Need more investment in Alzheimer’s research funding

Alzheimer’s disease is the only leading cause of death in the U.S. without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression. With over 5 million Americans living with this disease today, and a projected 16 million by the year 2050, there is an urgent need to increase our nation’s awareness and investment in Alzheimer’s research funding. The recent $400 million increase for Alzheimer’s research funding at the National Institutes of Health in the FY2017 budget is vital to making a difference. We want to continue the momentum with additional funding in the FY2018 budget.

Alzheimer’s is also an extremely costly disease. Considered to be the most expensive disease in America, with nearly one out of five Medicare dollars spent on a person with Alzheimer’s. Unless we move quickly to address this crisis and find better treatments for those who have it, these costs will grow swiftly with the escalating number of those affected.

This disease took my husband, Jerry Clark, from me and my family. The time is now to decisively address this national epidemic. Thank you, Congressman Bost, for recently meeting with Alzheimer’s Advocates in Washington D.C. We hope we can count on your ongoing support for increased funding to the National Institutes of Health for Alzheimer’s research. For those living with Alzheimer’s today and for our future generations, the time is now to step up our efforts to prevent, delay and cure this devastating disease.

Jeanette Rettle, Belleville