On Wednesday the U.S. House of Representatives approved an appropriation for a funding increase of $425 million for Alzheimer’s and dementia research at the National Institute of Health (NIH). The increase will now move to the president’s desk where it is expected to be signed into the law, bringing the annual budget for Alzheimer’s and dementia research to $2.3 billion for FY 2019. This appropriation saw support by all six of Arkansas’s delegation. The Arkansas chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association wants to thank Sen. Boozman, Sen. Cotton, Congressman Crawford, Congressman Hill, Congressman Westerman, and Congressman Womack for their support of this appropriation.

Currently, more than 56,000 Arkansans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, a number that is expected to increase by 19.6% over the next five years as baby boomers begin to reach retirement age. Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death here in Arkansas and as the number of diagnoses continues to climb research is critical in our search for a cure to this impactful disease.

The Arkansas Chapter would like to encourage you to join us in thanking the Arkansas delegation for their support of this effort to increase funding for research. Policymakers do not often hear gratitude from their constituents and it is important for us to remember that they are sacrificing time away from their families to represent our state.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, you can visit alz.org/arkansas

The Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) is the advocacy arm of the Alzheimer’s Association. AIM works to develop and advance policies to overcome Alzheimer’s disease through increased investment in research, enhanced care and improved support. To join our movement visit alzimpact.org