Without CLASS, What’s Next To Help Meet Long-Term Care Needs?

The New York Times and Politico both offer analyses of what went wrong and what might happen next – including concerns from critics that CLASS could be revived at any time. The New York Times: Still No Relief In Sight For Long-Terms Needs The law that many Americans had hoped would transform the nation’s dysfunctional system of long-term […]

Need For Seniors Programs Is Rising, But Funding Is Not

Money for the federal programs that millions of seniors rely on to live independently in their own homes will not rise with the growing demand, Kathy Greenlee, head of the Administration on Aging, told members of the Gerontological Society of America during its annual meeting.  More than 3,800 researchers, scientists, educators and health professionals specializing in […]

Alliance Applauds Obama Administration’s Commitment to Alzheimers

Washington D.C.– February 7, 2012 – The Alliance for Aging Research, today applauded the Obama Administration for reprogramming $50 million from the current budget to Alzheimer’s disease and pledging an additional $80 million for Alzheimer’s research in the next budget cycle. “This is an important bet against the looming tide of dementia threatening America’s aging […]

Alzheimer’s get funding boost

A February 7, 2012 Kaiser Health News article reported on the Obama administration’s boost in Alzheimer’s funding. According to the article, while the bulk of the administration’s investment will go toward research, $26 million — also being requested in the FY 2013 budget — would support care and outreach to people with the disease and […]

Bi-partisan Legislation Introduced to Fight Alzheimer’s and Other Chronic Health Conditions

Bill Spurs Research and Drug Development into Most Deadly, Costly Diseases Like Alzheimer’s WASHINGTON – On Thursday, February 2, 2012, U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME) and Representatives Edward Markey (D-MA) and Chris Smith (R-NJ), unveiled the Spending Reductions through Innovations in Therapies (SPRINT) Act, bipartisan legislation which would spur innovation […]

LEAD congratulates Hannah Schwartz, the winner of the AFA 2012 Teens Video Competition

Video courtesy of Alzheimer’s Foundation of America LEAD congratulates Hannah Schwartz, 18, of Clarksville, TN, the winner of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) 2012 Teens Video Competition. Hannah has witnessed what she calls the kind of love that can only be expressed by a caregiver to a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, and she […]

TCV Interview-Can Biomarkers Really Predict AD?

The Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) Biomarker Expert Working Group just published a new paper in Neurobiology of Aging. They recommend that certain AD biomarkers be used for clinical assessments, enrolling study participants, and as an outcome in AD clinical trials. Biomarkers, Alzheimer’s, and clinical trials can help find AD faster and can lead to more effective […]

Release of Draft Framework for the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease

As we committed at the December LEAD meeting, we are circulating the attached draft Framework for the National Alzheimer’s Plan just released by HHS. This is not the draft plan itself, whose release has been delayed by HHS until after the release of the President’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget in early February. This draft Framework […]

America can’t afford to ignore Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's Diseases Affects men and Women

A January 6, 2012 The Des Moines Register op-ed by George Vradenburg and Dr. Andrea McGuire, chairwoman of the board of advisors of the University of Iowa College of Public Health, advocated for increased investment in Alzheimer’s research. According to the article, “One in eight Iowans age 65 and older has it. It is America’s […]