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Historic Increase for Alzheimer’s Research, 2015: “Game changer”

Posted by Oaks Senior Living | 4 minute read

Historically, 2015 has been one of the biggest years yet for Alzheimer’s research with awareness efforts ramped up from Hollywood and Congress increasing funds by 60% in June. Now, included in a budget proposal an astonishing 50% increase in Alzheimer’s research is expected to pass in Congress before the year-ends. 

With only a few days left in 2015 many people will take a step back to reflect on life events from the past year and count their blessings. However, in the world of Alzheimer’s advocacy there are no breaks.

“There have been outstanding scientific proposals, and they have been sitting on the sidelines, with scientists waiting to go, for lack of funding,” Robert Egg, Chief Policy Officer at the Alzheimer’s Association speaking to The Washington Post. “These are going to be able to be dusted off & acted on.”

Egg had also said that the legislation would be a “game changer” on the journey to finding a cure. In addition to funding research and a big push from celebrities, efforts to raise awareness continue via social media through campaigns, encouraging users to change their profiles picture to purple and sharing hashtags across all networks such as #EndAlz.

The Oaks Senior Living, not only makes Alzheimer’s & Dementia resources available for loved ones and their families, but the majority of their communities have Memory Care units operated by professionals that understand memory-deteriorating conditions the most. In 2016, The Oaks will be cutting ribbons for two new Alzheimer’s care Georgia communities in Pooler and Woodstock. And in the upcoming year, The Oaks will continue to promote awareness by adding educational resources to their blog and social media.

 

Top 3 Big Moments for Alzheimer’s Awareness in 2015

January 14th: Julianne Moore Wins Award for her role in “Still Alice,” Alzheimer’s

In "Still Alice," Moore portrays a woman afflicted with Alzheimer's disease at just 50 years old, but the real work started long before filming began. The Today Show

June 29th: Alzheimer’s Research Funding Nears Historic Levels in Congressional Action

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the historic 60% increase in research funding last Thursday, pushing the total to $350 million. SeniorJournal.com

July 17th: 21st Century Cures Act will change lives for the better

In an encouraging show of bipartisanship, the House recently passed legislation — the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6) — designed to speed the process from scientific discovery to health treatments and cures for people who need them. The Hill

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December 16th: Proposed budget for Alzheimer's research may rise by 50 percent

The spending deal Congress reached Tuesday night includes an unprecedented increase in funding for Alzheimer’s research: $350 million in fiscal 2016. If approved by the White House, it will increase government spending on the disease by over 50 percent. The Washington Post

For more information regarding the Memory Care units at Oaks Senior Living, call (770) 888-4683 or email denise@oaksseniorliving.com. To participate in the fight against Alzheimer’s, visit http://www.actionalz.org.

 

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