We took a big step today in the fight against Alzheimer's. The Obama administration announced that they are making $50 million available this year for Alzheimer's research, and an additional $80 million for next year. This research, among other things, will include work on targeting specific genes that increase the risk of Alzheimer's as well as work on developing and testing drugs through increased clinical trials.
The government also promised $26 million in caregiver support, healthcare training and public awareness.
One criticism previously levied against the draft of the National Alzheimer's Plan was that funding was not indicated or promised anywhere. The step taken today is a small victory and one step forward in our goal of effectively treating and preventing Alzheimer's and other related dementias.