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All should care about Alzheimer’s research

DEAR EDITOR:

About $2.8 billion — that represents the current annual federal funding for Alzheimer’s research.

Do we need more? Absolutely, if we are going to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. This annual federal investment represents a fraction of the cost of caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the United States.

Should you care? Yes, because some of those dollars are funding innovative research efforts right here in Ohio — and because dementia likely impacts you, or the life of a family member, friend, neighbor or co-worker.

Alzheimer’s research is being conducted all around the state, often driven by major health systems and in university settings. Ohio is emerging as a major model of collaboration in the area of Alzheimer’s research as the state’s population living with Alzheimer’s grows. Today, 220,000 Ohioans age 65 and older live with Alzheimer’s disease. By 2025, that number is expected to climb to 250,000.

The Cleveland Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center is a prime example of bringing together the expertise of some of Ohio’s top Alzheimer’s researchers and clinicians. It is one of 31 Alzheimer’s Disease Centers around the country.

If you are interested in Alzheimer’s research, the 2020 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), a global forum to advance dementia science, is going virtual and you are invited to attend. This year’s event, held July 27-31, is free and open not just to the research community, but to the public. To register, visit: www.alz.org/aaic.

Should you care about Alzheimer’s research? Absolutely. The Alzheimer’s Association is leading the fight to find a cure and to help families impacted by the disease. We are available to help with support and information via our 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

CHERYL KANETSKY

Executive Director

Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

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