Fitzpatrick: Effort Needed Now to End Alzheimer’s

Nov 13, 2013 Issues: Congressional Issues, Health
Fitzpatrick: Effort Needed Now to End Alzheimer’s

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) is marking National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month with a call for public education and increased research funding for the disease.

“Living with Alzheimer’s is a harsh reality for over five million Americans and their families – a fact we acknowledge this November during Alzheimer’s Awareness Month,” said Fitzpatrick. “While we raise awareness about this devastating disease, we must also redouble our efforts to find a cure.”

Fitzpatrick is a leading advocate for Alzheimer’s awareness and research in Congress -  sponsoring the bipartisan Making Investments Now for Dementia (MIND) Act [H.R. 1619] which authorizes government additional funding for Alzheimer’s research through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as well as the Health Outcomes, Planning and Education for Alzheimer’s (HOPE) Act [H.R. 1507] which provides for comprehensive Alzheimer’s diagnosis and services.

“By working year round to provide more public education and increased funding we can take meaningful steps toward defeating this destructive disease,” continued Fitzpatrick. “To that end I have called for an additional $100 million in funding to NIH research to head off what could be a crisis within the next generation.”

"Congressman Fitzpatrick has been a true champion for Alzheimer's in Congress. His outreach in Pennsylvania to spread awareness of this devastating disease and to highlight services available for his constituents is a shining example for his colleagues,” said Robert Egge, Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy for the Alzheimer’s Association. “The Congressman has also been outspoken in his support for increased funding for Alzheimer's research, education and support services."

The number of Alzheimer’s cases in the United States is expected to grow from five million in 2013 to over 16 million by 2050. Medicare costs associated with Alzheimer’s will increase more than 500-percent to $708 billion by 2050 while Medicaid costs will increase nearly 400-percent to about $168 billion.

“By streamlining critical research efforts we can come up with new, innovative was to fight - and ultimately cure – Alzheimer’s,” concluded Fitzpatrick.

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.