US Senate Special Committee On Aging Urged To Invest In Alzheimer’s Research

US Senate Special Committee On Aging Urged To Invest In Alzheimer’s Research
The United States Senate Special Committee on Aging recently hosted a meeting entitled "The Fight Against Alzheimer's Disease: Are We on Track to a Treatment by 2025?" The meeting featured the personal testimonies of Dr.Ronald Petersen from the Mayo Clinic, a top Alzheimer's researcher and former member of the national Alzheimer's Association; B. Smith, a former model, retailer, restaurateur, actor and author who has been diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer's disease; and Dan Gasby, Smith's husband. "I've been a model and a TV personality, but now I have the most important job," Smith said to the committee. I'm here because I have Alzheimer's." Gasby talked about his experience one evening when he was among 1,000 fellow advocates from across the nation at the Alzheimer's Association's National Dinner. "What I saw there last night was a team," he said. "We're at the tipping point. We're going to push this over." Quoting lyrics from rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West, Gasby made a direct appeal to the Committee, asking for federal support for continued Alzheimer's research: "The 'pain ain't cheap' for the five million of Americans living with Alzheimer's…We spend so little on this disease that will affect your family or someone you know." "If we are going to prevent Alzheimer's from becoming the defining disease of the next generation, we must invest in research now," noted Collins. "Not funding research is dumb," said Sen. Claire McCaskill, a supporter of Alzheimer's legislation, explaining that it will cost a lot of money to society anyway because of all the health care services and products each patient will need in case of developing the disease. At the 27th annual Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum that coincided with this hearing
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