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Why 'Still Alice' is a valentine to caregivers

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Harry Johns, president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, recently called for “consistent and meaningful investments in research from the federal government” so that a national goal of a cure or treatment by 2025 could be realized, and George Vradenburg, co-founder and president of USAgainstAlzheimer’s, is hoping the film can “spark the demand for more research into a cure.” Vradenburg recently said he was pleased that President Barack Obama’s 2016 proposed budget included a 3.3 percent increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health and contained other funding that could benefit Alzheimer’s disease, but he added that the budget should have included more funding for dementia research. The proposed budget contains $638 million for Alzheimer’s disease research, a nine percent increase over this year.

“Still Alice” is not a deep dive into the world of dementia, but, like 2014’s “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me,” it offers another opportunity for conversations that could lead to improved understanding, care for those with the disease, support systems for caregivers and funding for research that could lead to treatments and, ultimately, a cure.

(Update: Julianne Moore won the Oscar for her performance in Still Alice.)

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrXrZ5iiR0o

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Lois Bowers

Lois Bowers

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Lois A. Bowers was senior editor of Long-Term Living from 2013-2015.

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Thanks for putting "Still Alice" in context. If 5 million have Alzheimer's, then it easily impacts another 20+ million. It deserves attention.

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