Letters to the Editor

We need more funding for Alzheimer’s research

New studies reported at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2017 (AAIC 2017) in London are providing new clues on Alzheimer’s early detection, the disease’s underlying causes, and factors that may impact a person’s dementia risk, such as sleep and diet.

There are currently more than 5,000 researchers at AAIC, including 30 researchers from the St. Louis-metro area presenting their findings.

My wife Bonnie was struck down by Alzheimer’s as the age of 58 and dealt with the disease for 10 years before her death. I know firsthand how critical this research is to improving quality of life for those with dementia, as well as finding ways to prevent people from ever developing it.

Despite the compelling findings presented at AAIC 2017, there is still so much we do not know about this devastating and fatal disease. Barring the development of medical breakthroughs to prevent, slow, or stop Alzheimer’s, the number of Americans with the disease will triple by mid-century.

As is clear from the research and theories presented by leading scientists at AAIC 2017: There is no shortage of ideas, only dollars, for addressing Alzheimer’s and its devastating impact. That is why the Alzheimer’s Association is appealing to Congress to increase funding for Alzheimer’s research at the National Institutes of Health by at least $414 million in fiscal year 2018.

Please join me in thanking Congressman Mike Bost for his commitment in the fight to end Alzheimer’s. To learn more and take action, visit the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org.

Fred Robinson, O’Fallon