Many individuals reading this article are among the 5 million families in America today whose quality of life and resources are challenged by having a family member who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, that number is expected to increase ten-fold by the year 2050.
That is why the introduction of the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act (H.R.4351/s.2192) is so important. This is bipartisan legislation sponsored by Representatives Brett Guthrie of Kentucky and Paul Tonko of New York, and Senators Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Mike Crapo of Idaho. This act would authorize that the National Institute of Health (NIH) provide Congress on an annual basis with something called a Professional Judgment Budget. This document would let Congress know the amount of funding that is necessary in order to adequately fund the research needed to find solutions to this debilitating neurological disorder.
According to officials at the Alzheimer’s Association, the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act is urgently needed as the best method for informing Congressional leaders of what monetary support is needed in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Many in the scientific and research communities are already working hard in order to advance the cause of finding a cure for Alzheimer’s. But their studies to prevent the population from exhibiting its debilitating symptoms must receive sufficient financial support from Government sources.
When Congress enacted the National Alzheimer’s Project Act in 2010, the rapid increase in Alzheimer’s cases being diagnosed every year was already recognized as being a national crisis. The financial toll on families is expected to reach a staggering $214 billion in 2014. This doesn’t include the ongoing emotional toll of having to have a loved one in 24/7 in-home Alzheimer’s care. Passage of The Alzheimer’s Accountability Act will mean that Congress will be able to make fully informed decisions regarding funding. And it is this funding of scientific research efforts that will help prevent, manage and eradicate Alzheimer’s disease within the next decade.
If your aging loved one has already received an Alzheimer’s diagnosis and is in need is quality in-home Alzheimer’s care, contact Home Care Assistance of Lincoln, NE at (402) 261-5158. Our experienced and trained Alzheimer’s caregivers are devoted to providing one-on-one care to maintain quality of life and overall well-being among the seniors we work with. Please call us for more information about our comprehensive in-home Alzheimer’s care plans or to set up a free in-home consultation.