Thanks to advocates like you, there is greater awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias among our nation’s policymakers. While the need remains acute and a cure for Alzheimer’s disease elusive, some significant strides are being made. The past couple years have seen modest increases in Alzheimer’s disease research funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) along with implementation of the BRAIN Initiative, which will help researchers unlock the mysteries of the brain, including dementia. We need to continue to speak out and build upon this progress. By being diligent and focused in our mission, we will ultimately get to a cure or modifying treatment by the 2025 target established by the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease.
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) continues to be a strong voice for people living with dementia and for their family caregivers. The following recaps several of AFA’s policy initiatives during the first half of 2015: