US Experts Seek More Funding for Alzheimer’s

Health experts urged the US government to raise research funding for Alzheimer’s which is fast becoming a debilitating disease in the US and worldwide. They say the US is lagging behind in tackling this dreaded disease and urged lawmakers to take the initiative in fighting the scourge.

Health experts reveal dementias like Alzheimer’s have become a global issue. Currently about 37 million sufferers live with Alzheimer’s around the world. This number is expected to increase to about 66 million by the year 2030.

Alzheimer’s is a fatal ailment which affects the brain’s thinking ability. Other countries like South Korea, France and Australia have launched national plans to tackle the disease, but the US is lagging behind.

Experts say current US budgets are inadequate for research on Alzheimer’s and urge lawmakers to rectify this situation. They say the impact of Alzheimer’s is massive and this will only increase in the future.

Greater than five million US citizens have been affected by Alzheimer’s and it costs them about $170 billion every year for treatment. Globally, treatment costs are about $604 billion.

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