Thursday, February 23, 2012
Illinois Walk to End Alzheimer's raises $117,000
Earlier this month President Obama pledged to spend $50 million more on research aimed at Alzheimer's disease, and on Wednesday his administration revealed details on the new strategy. The newly-released draft includes a number of steps toward the end goal of finding effective treatment by 2025, Time magazine reports.
Some of the plan's biggest proposals are targeted toward raising awareness of the significant impact the disease could have on the aging population over the next several decades. Specifically, there will be a public campaign to highlight some of the early warning signs. Additionally, the plan will aim to educate health workers and doctors on how they can recognize the disease, the publication reports.
"They've covered the right topics. What is needed now is more detail," Alzheimer's Association president Harry Johns told Time. "There's real recognition at this point that Alzheimer's is devastating for not only the individual but for the families and caregivers."
According to the Association, Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and affects around 5.4 million people. Frendo supports the Alzheimer's Association through fee-free donations. Sign up now.
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