Last week actor and Alzheimer’s activist Seth Rogen passionately spoke about Alzheimers disease.
And how his mother-in-law being diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimers Disease in her mid-50s has affected his family. It’s a powerful testimony, and I urge you to watch…
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Did you know that that only two senators stayed for his testimony?
Yes, U.S. Senators are busy. They invited him to testify… yet the empty chairs show most committee members did not stay for his testimony. Is this…
A reflection on how Congress views Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer’s is a disease without a cure, without treatment that slows it and it affects enough people worldwide to become a global epidemic. A disease that’s widespread over a continent or the entire world is more than an epidemic — it’s a pandemic.
Does this explain why so little money is allocated for Alzheimer’s research?
How much money does the National Institutes of Research (NIH) spend on Alzheimer’s research?
In all fairness, it may be that some money is in categories other than Alzheimer’s. What is known of their 2014 estimated budget is that
- $562 million in 2014 is targeted for Alzheimer’s research.
- That translates to $1.77 per person in the U.S. For the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.!
- The amount is approximately 0.36 percent of the NIH allocated research budget. That’s about 1/3 of 1 percent!
Alzheimer’s disease is isolating, for the person with it, family and caregivers. As you can see from Seth Rogen’s unfortunate experience. I hope he got an apology from the committee!
Wondering about the isolation of Alzheimer’s?
You can find out more in the “Triumphing Over the Isolation of Alzheimer’s Telesummit.” While the live sessions have ended you can still get the replays by Joining the Alzheimer’s Telesummit now.
From my heart to yours… Laugh Well, Love Well and Live Well!
Ina Gilmore, M.D.
Ambassador of Caregiving, www.HowToLiveOnPurpose.com