This week, legislators introduced the Alzheimer’s Research and Support Act, legislation that establishes an Alzheimer’s research program in Minnesota and further addresses the needs of people with Alzheimer’s and the families that care for them.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the disease affects one in nine Americans at age 65, and one in three by age 85. It is the sixth leading cause of death in America, and Alzheimer’s treatment consumes 20% of the Medicare budget.
The legislation creates two types of competitive grants. Research grants will focus on prevention, treatments, causes and cures; Dementia grants will help increase awareness of the disease and provide better resources for those affected by the disease. (S.F. 247)