Recently, an NIH-funded study in the New England Journal of Medicine confirmed that Alzheimer's is the most expensive disease in America. These costs are set to skyrocket with much of this paid by Medicare and Medicaid - overcoming Alzheimer's is key to fixing the country's growing fiscal challenges.
There are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's today. In Wisconsin, 110,000 people are living with Alzheimer's disease - that's more than the population of Green Bay. One in every three seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer's or dementia.
The Alzheimer's community is encouraged to see beginning steps with the nation's first National Alzheimer's Plan. As families every day shoulder the tremendous emotional and financial toll of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's, they anxiously await strong implementation of the plan.
The Alzheimer's Association applauds Congressman Reid Ribble's leadership in supporting the necessary funding to ensure implementation of the National Alzheimer's Plan. Ribble understands that unless we move quickly to address this crisis, Alzheimer's will overwhelm our health care system.
Thousands more will develop Alzheimer's disease in Wisconsin - maybe even you. It's time to change our future. Join Ribble and take action against this disease at alz.org.