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Support Alzheimer’s Funding

Dear Editor:

Alzheimer’s disease is one of America’s most expensive diseases, costing more than heart disease and cancer. In 2021, caring for people with Alzheimer’s and other dimentias will cost the United States an estimated $355 billion.

Today, more than 6 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s — a number expected to nearly triple by 2050, including 210,000 in New Jersey. Without medical breakthroughs, this number is projected to rise. As a researcher in Gerontology and Public Health, I understand the devastating impact his disease has on millions of Americans.

Thankfully, Rep. Sires can play an essential role in addressing this critical issue. By increasing the funding for Alzheimer’s and dementia research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $289 million, Rep. Sires has the opportunity to provide millions of Americans with a sense of hope. With these funding increases, scientists will be able to work at a more rapid pace to advance basic disease knowledge, explore ways to reduce risk and uncover new biomarkers for early diagnosis and drug targeting and make discoveries that can lead to a treatment or a cure.

Please join me and the Alzheimer’s Association in encouraging Rep. Sires to lead in the fight to end Alzheimer’s by supporting this critical funding. It is only through increased research and funding that we will discover new ways to treat and eventually prevent Alzheimer’s and other dementia.

Visit alz.org and alzimpact.org to get involved with the fight against Alzheimer’s!

Yaeko Masuchi
Alzheimer’s Congressional Team Member
Alzheimer’s Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter
Hoboken

 

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