Alzheimer’s Accountability Act


As one of the fastest growing diseases in America, it is estimated that in 2014 5.2 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s, with approximately 5 million being 65 years of age and older. Making the magnitude of the burden of Alzheimer’s on the community and the health care system substantial. In response to the growing need for health care and community services to support individuals with Alzheimer’s and their families, Congress signed a funding bill which included the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act. This Act enables scientists at the National Institutes of Health to inform Congress the amount of funding needed each year to achieve the national goal of preventing and effectively treating Alzheimer’s disease. For 2014 the Alzheimer’s Advisory Council, who were appointed by the National Alzheimer’s Project Act, recommended $2 billion annually would be needed to reach the 2025 national goal. In addition, the new spending bill also provided an increase in funding of $25 million for Alzheimer’s research, which follows an increase in funding made earlier this year of $122 million for Alzheimer’s research, education, outreach, and caregiver support.
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