Alzheimer’s bill would authorize $37 million for research, care

Public health leaders and caregivers coalesced Tuesday behind an effort to focus attention and funding on Alzheimer’s disease.

There was no dissent among the witnesses or the members of the Senate Special Committee on Aging about the need for more resources such as those called for in legislation introduced by U.S. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Their bill would authorize $37 million annually to establish resource centers across the country, to enhance public-private partnerships, and to improve data collection on the incurable brain disease.

The Building Our Largest Dementia Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act – or BOLD Act – is an important step toward finding a cure, said U.S. Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, the committee’s ranking Democrat. He said the centers will particularly help rural Americans who need better access to resources.

Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, early diagnosis and intervention can be cost-effective and can help patients and their caregivers live better lives, testified Pennsylvania Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne. 

Read the full story at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Topics: Advocacy , Alzheimer's/Dementia , Uncategorized