June 9, 2016
Alzheimer's Association celebrates extraordinary week
Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $400 million increase in Alzheimer's disease research funding at the NIH and included the Health Outcomes, Planning, and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer's Act in its funding bill. The Alzheimer's Association applauds the committee for this momentous action in the journey to end the Alzheimer's epidemic — and in improving support for those who face the disease today.
June 7, 2016
Senate makes monumental commitment to care and support
Today, the Alzheimer’s Association and its relentless advocates, applaud the Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee for its commitment to the more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and their more than 15 million caregivers. In a bipartisan effort, the committee included the Health Outcomes, Planning, and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer’s Act (S. 857) in its funding bill. Since its inception, the Alzheimer’s Association has been intricately involved with its creation and strongly endorsed the HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act upon introduction by Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI).
June 6, 2016
Alzheimer's research funding on path for additional $400 million increase
Today, the call for increased Alzheimer's research funding from Alzheimer's Association advocates reached a critical milestone, as the Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee announced a proposed $400 million increase for Alzheimer's research at the NIH. This bipartisan effort was led by Alzheimer's champions Chairman Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who also oversaw last year's historic funding increase.
June 1, 2016
"Uncovering the truth about Alzheimer's" confronts damaging myths about the disease
To improve the public’s understanding of Alzheimer's and to underscore the need for swift action, the Alzheimer’s Association is highlighting essential truths aimed at curbing common misconceptions about the disease during Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month in June.
April 29, 2016
The Alzheimer’s Association responds to news that film under development would depict President Ronald Reagan's dementia as a comedic device
The Alzheimer’s Association is appalled that anyone would plan to develop a film that satirizes an individual living with Alzheimer's or another dementia.
April 23, 2016
Alzheimer's Association awards $4.3 million to accelerate the launch of new drug treatment arms in landmark prevention trial
The Alzheimer's Association announces a new $4.3 million research grant for a new phase of the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer's Network Trials Unit (DIAN-TU) known as DIAN-TU Next Generation (NexGen). This award will accelerate the testing of new potential Alzheimer's therapies and a new diagnostic approach in people with genetically based, younger-onset Alzheimer's disease using an innovative trial design that is being applied to Alzheimer's for the first time.
April 13, 2016
Bipartisan Legislation Offering Critical Support for Older Americans Passes in Senate, House
The Alzheimer’s Association and its nationwide network of advocates celebrate the passage of the Older Americans Act (OAA) Reauthorization Act of 2016.
April 6, 2016
David Hyde Pierce Shares Personal Experience with Alzheimer's, Urges Congress to Increase Support for Caregivers
Emmy Award-winning actor David Hyde Pierce today praised Congress for its continued commitment to increasing research funding for Alzheimer's and called for additional funding for research and similar progress supporting people with Alzheimer's disease and their families.
April 6, 2016
Alzheimer's Association Applauds Introduction of Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act
The Alzheimer's Association and its nationwide network of advocates strongly supports the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) (S.2748), introduced in the Senate by Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI).
March 30, 2016
Alzheimer's Association report shows care contributors sacrifice own food and medical care to support person with Alzheimer's disease
The personal financial support required by a person with Alzheimer's disease may ultimately deprive care contributors of basic necessities, such as food, transportation and medical care, according to the 2016 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report released today.
March 6, 2016
Alzheimer's Association mourns death of former first lady and Alzheimer's disease champion
The Alzheimer's Association was saddened to learn of the passing of former first lady and Alzheimer's advocate, Nancy Reagan. Mrs. Reagan was a long-standing honorary member of the Alzheimer's Association National Board of Directors and her involvement in the cause inspired the Alzheimer's community of families, caregivers and researchers.
March 2, 2016
Patient enrollment opens for largest brain amyloid scanning research study
Participating dementia specialists may now enroll patients to participate in the Imaging Dementia—Evidence for Amyloid Scanning (IDEAS) Study at IDEAS-Study.org. Primary care and other doctors not taking part in the IDEAS Study are encouraged to refer eligible patients to participating physicians.
February 25, 2016
Alzheimer's Association participates in global leadership of the World Dementia Council
While the Alzheimer's Association and its counterparts in other nations are on the front lines of this epidemic, we cannot do it alone. Governments and industry must be actively engaged and all those affected must raise their voices, illustrating the importance of the World Dementia Council (WDC).
February 16, 2016
Alzheimer's Association and Edward Jones partner to change the course of Alzheimer's for millions
The Alzheimer's Association today announced a historic partnership with St. Louis-based financial services firm Edward Jones. which has committed $4.7 million over two years to support the Association's mission.
February 10, 2016
Landmark study finds U.S. dementia incidence highest in African-Americans and American Indians
The first study to look at dementia risk in a population representing the diversity of the United States finds dementia incidence to be highest in African-Americans and lowest in Asian-Americans.
December 18, 2015
Historic Alzheimer's funding increase signed into law, answering Alzheimer's Association call for action
The Alzheimer's Association, the leading advocate for federal Alzheimer's disease research funding and caregiver support, highlighted the historic $350 million increase for Alzheimer's disease research funding in the FY2016 budget, signed into law today by President Barack Obama.
December 16, 2015
Alzheimer's Association call to congressional leaders answered with historic commitment to fund critical research
The Alzheimer's Association, the leading advocate for federal Alzheimer's disease research funding and leading provider of caregiver support, celebrates the announcement from House and Senate appropriations leaders that details their intention to pass the largest increase in history for Alzheimer's research funding — $350 million — in the FY2016 budget.
November 5, 2015
Potential "one-drop" blood test among new projects funded by Alzheimer's Association and Global Down Syndrome Foundation
To bolster development of a simple, inexpensive, noninvasive test that can detect the risk of Alzheimer's disease, the Alzheimer's Association, the Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome and the Global Down Syndrome Foundation are funding two studies of potential new blood tests for Alzheimer's, including one that uses just one drop of blood.
October 28, 2015
New study finds Alzheimer's and other dementias exact a heavy toll on family finances
A new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine highlights the crushing financial burden that dementia is placing both on American families and Medicare, the federal insurance program for the elderly.
October 28, 2015
Registration now open for dementia specialists and PET imaging centers to participate in research study of brain amyloid scanning
Dementia specialists and PET imaging providers can now register to participate in the Imaging Dementia ─ Evidence for Amyloid Scanning (IDEAS) Study. Research from the IDEAS Study will determine the clinical usefulness and value of a brain PET scan that detects the hallmark brain amyloid accumulation of Alzheimer's disease in diagnosing and managing treatment for people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or dementia where the cause is uncertain.
October 13, 2015
Candidates Must Prioritize Alzheimer's Disease In Appeal To Voters
A candidate's relatability to voters and ability to understand the challenges they face make or break elections. Millions of American voters have had personal experience with Alzheimer's disease and understand the dramatic toll the disease takes on families across the country.
October 12, 2015
"Prudent" diet may reduce cognitive decline and impact of unhealthy diet as people age
Eating healthier may reduce cognitive decline and diminish the negative impact of an unhealthy diet on memory and thinking abilities in older adults, suggests a new study published online by Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association.
September 29, 2015
Cooperation advances Alzheimer's disease prevention research
The future success of Alzheimer's prevention research could depend on the ability of researchers from different clinical trials to build collaborative relationships that facilitate the sharing of information, resources and expertise that may speed the discovery of new preventive treatments, according to leading Alzheimer's researchers who published a Perspectives article, "CAP—advancing the evaluation of preclinical Alzheimer disease treatments," online today in Nature Reviews Neurology.
August 24, 2015
New report adds to mounting evidence that United States is unprepared for Alzheimer's disease epidemic
The Alzheimer's Association today said that the Justice in Aging report, Training to Serve People with Dementia: Is Our Health Care System Ready?, adds to the mounting evidence that America is unprepared for the Alzheimer's disease epidemic, which will only intensify with the aging baby boomers.
July 27, 2015
First Alzheimer's professional judgment budget reflects urgency in addressing this triple threat
Today, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommended an increase of $323 million in its first professional judgment budget aimed at providing Congress with a scientific estimate of what research funding is needed and can be immediately well utilized to address Alzheimer's disease in fiscal year 2017.
July 17, 2015
Landmark 10-year Alzheimer's study increases pace of discovery
As leading dementia and neuroscience researchers and clinicians converge on Washington, D.C., for the Alzheimer's Association International Conference® 2015 (AAIC®) July 18-23, Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association is publishing a special issue today focused on the expansive impact of a pre-eminent study in Alzheimer's disease research.
July 14, 2015
White House Conference on Aging held during rapidly growing momentum in fight to end Alzheimer's
Following historic leadership by Congress last month to accelerate the fight against Alzheimer's disease and leading into the Alzheimer's Association International Conference® (AAIC®) in Washington, D.C., next week, the once-a-decade White House Conference on Aging discussed important issues related to the impact of Alzheimer's disease and other dementia.
July 10, 2015
Alzheimer's Association applauds 21st Century CURES call for medical innovation
The House of Representatives today passed the 21st Century CURES Act (H.R. 6) aimed at accelerating the pace of medical breakthroughs and cures. The legislation will take a comprehensive look at discovery, development and delivery to determine what steps should be taken to leverage past scientific developments and ensure the U.S. remains the leader in medical innovation. Alzheimer's is addressed in the CURES Act in several key sections.
June 25, 2015
Senate makes history with 60% increase to Alzheimer's research funding
The Senate Appropriations Committee today approved an historic 60% increase – approximately $350 million – for Alzheimer's disease research. If passed into law, this would be the largest increase in Alzheimer's funding to date. The bipartisan effort was led by Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) Subcommittee Chairman Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Ranking Minority Member Patty Murray (D-WA).
June 24, 2015
House answers Alzheimer's Association advocates' call for a $300 million increase
Today, Alzheimer's Association advocates moved closer to realizing their request for substantially increased Alzheimer's research funding. The House Appropriations Committee approved the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) bill, including an additional $300 million for Alzheimer's disease research.
June 23, 2015
Senate makes bipartisan call for landmark 60 percent increase in Alzheimer's research funding
The Senate Labor, Health and Human Services (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee led by Chairman Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today approved a 60 percent increase — approximately $350 million — for Alzheimer's disease research. The Alzheimer's Association applauds the subcommittee for this historic action recognizing the unique triple threat that Alzheimer's disease poses with its soaring prevalence, enormous cost and lack of treatment.
June 19, 2015
The Longest Day honors those living with Alzheimer's and their caregivers
Each year on the summer solstice, this year on Sunday, June 21, the Alzheimer's Association hosts The Longest Day, a team event to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer's disease.
June 17, 2015
House shows bipartisan support of historic prioritization of Alzheimer's disease with an increase of $300 million for research
The House Labor, Health and Human Services (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee today approved a historic $300 million increase for Alzheimer's disease research as requested by Alzheimer's Association advocates. If this increase becomes law, it will be the largest annual increase in federal Alzheimer's research funding to date. The Alzheimer's Association applauds this exemplary bipartisan effort to address this devastating and costly disease before Alzheimer's prevalence triples and costs quadruple in just over a generation.
June 16, 2015
House Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Proposes $300 Million Increase for Alzheimer's Research
The House Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK) today proposed a $300 million increase for Alzheimer's research as requested by Alzheimer's Association advocates. The Alzheimer's Association applauds this significant milestone toward realizing the goal of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease – to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer's by 2025.
June 15, 2015
Americans believe they have the power to reduce their risk of cognitive decline but don't know how to make it happen
According to a recent survey conducted by Reader's Digest in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association, 91 percent of people believe they can reduce their risk of cognitive decline, but they have misconceptions about ways to keep their brains healthy.
June 1, 2015
New research summary: Lifestyle changes help reduce risk of cognitive decline
People can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by making key lifestyle changes, according to a new research summary published online in Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association. With this in mind, the Alzheimer's Association offers 10 Ways to Love Your Brain, tips that may reduce the risk of cognitive decline.
May 29, 2015
$10 million in new funding adds innovative dimensions to Alzheimer's disease prevention trial
The Alzheimer's Association, GHR Foundation and Fidelity Biosciences Research Initiative today announced $10 million in new research funding to Banner Alzheimer's Institute (BAI), Phoenix, Arizona, to support a groundbreaking Alzheimer's disease prevention trial that will launch later this year.
May 26, 2015
Alzheimer's Association and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., collaborate to educate and advocate in the fight against Alzheimer's
The Alzheimer's Association is proud to announce a nationwide partnership with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA), to help raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease and increase education, care and support resources in the African-American community. This partnership will engage both campus and alumni members of AKA through local community outreach efforts and participation in The Longest Day®, a signature Alzheimer's Association event.
May 13, 2015
Alzheimer's Association Applauds 21st Century Cures Legislation; Calls on Reaffirmed Commitment to 2025 Goal
Alzheimer's disease is addressed in the draft 21st Century Cures legislation in several key sections, including Patient and Caregiver Engagement in Drug Development, Data Sharing and Clinical Trial Modernization. The Alzheimer's Association applauds provisions to address the Alzheimer's epidemic in the current legislation but encourages vigilance for other important priorities in the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease, adopted in 2012 at the direction of the 2011 National Alzheimer's Project Act.
May 5, 2015
Alzheimer's Association launches new open access journal
Reflecting significant changes in journal publishing and acknowledging the importance of biomarkers to advancing Alzheimer's disease research, the Alzheimer's Association and Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association introduce a new open access journal, creating an additional channel for Alzheimer's and dementia researchers to communicate scientific findings and knowledge. The journal, Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring (DADM), serves as a companion to the Association's flagship journal.
April 29, 2015
Alzheimer's Association calls for urgency with Alzheimer's costs projected to exceed $1 trillion
Robert Egge, Alzheimer's Association executive vice president of government affairs, testified before the House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies today regarding fiscal year 2016 appropriations for Alzheimer's-related research and activities. Egge projected costs from Alzheimer's disease, already America's most expensive disease according to the New England Journal of Medicine, will exceed $1 trillion by 2050 if nothing is done to alter its trajectory.
April 16, 2015
Major new research study to demonstrate value of PET scans in Alzheimer's disease diagnosis
A new four-year research study, with an estimated budget of $100 million, was announced today by the Alzheimer's Association and the American College of Radiology (ACR). The Imaging Dementia – Evidence for Amyloid Scanning (IDEAS) Study will determine the clinical usefulness and value in diagnosing Alzheimer's and other dementias in certain situations of a brain positron emission tomography (PET) scan that detects a core feature of Alzheimer's disease.
March 25, 2015
B. Smith addresses Senate Aging Committee hearing on need to invest in Alzheimer's research
Earlier today, the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging convened a hearing titled "The Fight Against Alzheimer's Disease: Are We on Track to a Treatment by 2025?" The hearing featured personal testimony from Dr. Ronald Petersen of the Mayo Clinic, a leading Alzheimer's researcher and former Alzheimer's Association National Board member; B. Smith, former model, restaurateur, retailer, author and actor, who has been diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer's disease; and Smith's husband, Dan Gasby.
March 25, 2015
HOPE for Alzheimer's Act introduced to improve coverage and access to critical care planning
The Alzheimer's Association strongly supports the bipartisan Health Outcomes, Planning, and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer's Act, which was reintroduced in Congress today by Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Reps. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and Paul Tonko (D-N.Y)
March 24, 2015
New Alzheimer's Association report finds less than half of people with Alzheimer's disease say they were told the diagnosis
The Alzheimer's Association's 2015 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report, released today, found that only 45 percent of people with Alzheimer's disease or their caregivers say they were told the diagnosis by their doctor.
March 10, 2015
Advisory Council to the National Alzheimer's Project Act issues recommendations and addresses funding
With 10 years left to reach the primary goal of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease, the Advisory Council on Research, Care and Services for the National Alzheimer's Project shared recommendations for ensuring a strategic and productive update to the plan in spring 2015 with Congress and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell.
March 5, 2015
Leading research funders build on global initiative with new nearly $2 million commitment to study commonalities of neurodegenerative diseases
The Alzheimer's Association is collaborating with worldwide research leaders to launch Biomarkers Across Neurodegenerative Diseases (BAND), a program to intestigate the overlap in biology and clinical symptoms of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, frontotemporal dementia and other brain-deteriorating diseases.
February 22, 2015
Alzheimer's Association congratulates Julianne Moore on her Best Actress Academy Award win
The Alzheimer's Association congratulates Julianne Moore on winning the Oscar for Best Actress at the 87th Annual Academy Awards. Playing the title character in the film "Still Alice," Moore's poignant portrayal of a woman diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer's disease illustrates the impact of Alzheimer's, the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, on individuals and their families.
February 22, 2015
Alzheimer's Association salutes Glen Campbell on his Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song
The Alzheimer's Association thanks and salutes Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond for the song "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," that was among the Academy Award nominees for Best Original Song, during the Oscar ceremony this evening. The Association also celebrates the dedication and devotion of the Campbell family, "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me" documentary producers James Keach and Trevor Albert, the members of the Wrecking Crew who performed on the recording of "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," and Tim McGraw for his beautiful performance of the song in honor of Glen Campbell during the 87th Academy Awards.
February 17, 2015
Alzheimer's Association statement on People of the State of New York vs. Actavis and Forest Laboratories
As the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's disease care, support and research, the Alzheimer's Association has a long-held and firm belief that people with Alzheimer's and other dementias should have affordable access to treatments available today as well as to prevention and effective treatments in the future.
February 11, 2015
Alzheimer's Association, Weston Brain Institute and Alzheimer's Research UK join forces to form initiative to fund vital brain disease research
Three leading research funders from the UK and North America have joined forces to launch a new global initiative called MEND, or MEchanisms of cellular death in NeuroDegeneration, with a fund of $1.25 million (£820,000/$1.56CDN) for targeted research into brain diseases that cause dementia, such as Alzheimer's.
February 5, 2015
The discovery of Alzheimer's disease treatment by 2025 will save the U.S. $220 billion within first five years
The United States could save $220 billion within the first five years of a treatment for Alzheimer's disease being introduced, according to a new report from the Alzheimer's Association.
February 2, 2015
President's budget acknowledges Alzheimer's disease as unchecked threat but does not meet urgent funding needs
President Barack Obama's fiscal year 2016 budget recognizes the unique threat posed by Alzheimer's, the most expensive disease in the nation and the only leading cause of death in the United States with no way to prevent, stop or even slow its progression, calling for a $51 million increase in Alzheimer's research. However, without increasing funding to the levels deemed necessary by the scientific community, America is unlikely to complete the primary goal of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer's disease by 2025.
January 26, 2015
New Alzheimer's Association research grants accelerate studies of potential Alzheimer's drug therapies
The Alzheimer's Association has announced new grant awards for five early-phase clinical trials. The grants are funded through the Alzheimer's Association Part the Cloud Translational Research for Alzheimer's Disease initiative, which supports research critical to transitioning early, exploratory laboratory studies to Phase 1 clinical drug trials in humans. The new awards total nearly $4 million, increasing the total amount awarded through the initiative since its inception to $6 million.
January 14, 2015
Scientists look to heart disease and stroke-related disorders for clues to preventing and treating Alzheimer's
Recommendations by a group of scientists to bolster research on how Alzheimer's disease and vascular conditions progress together and influence each other are available online today, in advance of publication, by Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association. The authors hope this research agenda, if executed, will uncover new clues for effectively treating or preventing dementia.