Candidates Must Prioritize Alzheimer's Disease In Appeal To Voters

A new nationwide survey by the Alzheimer's Association shows majority of voters expect our government to make Alzheimer's disease research and care a priority.

Millions of American voters have had personal experience with Alzheimer's disease and understand the dramatic toll the disease is exacting on families across the country. As a result, voters view Alzheimer's disease as a significant political priority for the 2016 congressional and presidential elections.

73 MILLION: That's the
number of voters who have
had a family member or
close friend with Alzheimer's

More than a third of voters
have provided care or
personal assistance to a
relative, friend or neighbor
with Alzheimer's disease.

82 percent of voters
nationwide are concerned
about Alzheimer's disease.

87 percent of voters feel
unprepared or only somewhat
prepared to meet care needs
of a family member who
develops Alzheimer's

The majority, 64 percent, of
voters would be more likely
to vote for a presidential
candidate who has pledged
to support a major national
research effort to fight

Three in four voters
nationwide think it's likely
that a treatment
breakthrough for Alzheimer's
will be found within the next
10 years if there is a
substantial increase in
federal funding for
Alzheimer's research.

Alzheimer's is already America's most expensive disease, costing the country more each year than cancer or heart disease. And, Alzheimer's disease remains the only cause of death among the nation's top 10 that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed.

The latest research reveals more than 28 million baby boomers are expected to develop Alzheimer's between now and midcentury, dramatically increasing already overwhelming costs further – for both voters and the government. Learn more at

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