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Increase Alzheimer’s research funding

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More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including 110,000 here in Washington. In 2017, across our nation caring for individuals living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias will cost $259 billion — including $175 billion in direct costs to Medicare and Medicaid.

As the only leading cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed, these numbers are only going to increase. Yet, despite these troubling numbers Alzheimer’s research funding at the National Institutes of Health remains under-funded.

As an advocate for a person living with Alzheimer’s and dementia, I understand first-hand the impact this disease has on families. That’s why I am joining the Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement in calling on congress to increase research funding by $414 million in the next fiscal year.

This is the amount recommended by scientists in their professional judgment budget.

I thank Congressman Dan Newhouse for voting in committee to increase Alzheimer’s funding by $400 million.

I urge Congressman Dave Reichert and Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell to join him by increasing funding for Alzheimer’s research by at least an additional $414 million in fiscal year 2018.

Doug Ellison, Yakima

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