Washington, DC – George Vradenburg, founder and chairman of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s (UsA2), released the following statement in support of Hillary Clinton’s plan to effectively treat, prevent and cure Alzheimer’s disease by 2025.
“This has been a very important week for Alzheimer’s, beginning with the historic bipartisan Congressional increase in Alzheimer’s funding to $936 million per year signed into law by President Obama. And, today, Hillary Clinton’s plan.
Hillary Clinton’s plan to prevent, treat, and cure Alzheimer’s is exactly what the country needs to address the enormous threat posed by this disease. It is the most specific and aggressive plan released by any presidential candidate to date and the most in line with what experts believe is necessary to stop Alzheimer’s by 2025.
The plan focuses on four critical elements, all top priorities for UsA2: a significant increase in federal funding for Alzheimer’s research to $2 billion a year; a commitment to finding an effective treatment by 2025; a focus on women, African Americans and Latinos who are disproportionately impacted by the disease; and essential support for caregivers who shoulder an almost impossible burden when caring for families and loved ones with the disease.
In our first meeting with then Senator Clinton in 2004, she committed to support additional efforts against Alzheimer's and as a result, became co-chair of the Senate Alzheimer's Caucus. In the years following and again when we met with her in 2015, she committed to do everything she could to stop Alzheimer's and to support families struggling with the disease. She understands that this disease is touching so many American families every day, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. We thank her for the consistency of her support of this cause and urge all presidential candidates to make comparable commitments. Ending Alzheimer’s must not be political or partisan; it’s a family and community issue of enormous urgency.”
UsAgainstAlzheimer’s (UsA2) is a relentless force committed to ending Alzheimer's by 2020. Driven by the suffering of millions of families, UsAgainstAlzheimer's presses for greater urgency from government, industry and the scientific community in the quest for an Alzheimer's cure. We accomplish this through effective leadership, collaborative advocacy and strategic investments, including through our AfricanAmericansAgainstAlzheimer’s, LatinosAgainstAlzheimer’s, and WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s Networks.