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July 2, 2013
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Letter: Fund research on Alzheimer's

Fund research on Alzheimer’s

It was exciting news to hear that President Obama has committed to spending $100 million for science to map the human brain. This could lead to breakthroughs in finding a cure, or a way to prevent or treat Alzheimer’s disease. While this is good news, research for Alzheimer’s has historically been underfunded. We spend about $500 million a year on Alzheimer’s, while we spend over $200 billion on care and treatment for it. Experts estimate that if we just spend 1 percent of what we spend on care, or $2 billion, we could find that breakthrough so many people are desperate to see.

Unfortunately there are over 76,000 Oregonians living with Alzheimer’s, and that number is rising quickly. By 2025, there will be around 110,000 Oregonians with this devastating disease. Families are heavily impacted emotionally, physically, and financially. I urge Congress to increase their investment in Alzheimer’s research, because Alzheimer’s can’t wait.

Sarah Calvert


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