Record $122 million increase for Alzheimer’s disease signed into law by President Obama

At the urging of the Alzheimer’s Association and its more than 600,000 advocates, the funding bill signed into law January 17 by President Obama contained an unprecedented $122 million increase for Alzheimer’s research, education, outreach and caregiver support.

The Alzheimer’s Association applauds the Obama administration for calling for increased Alzheimer’s funding in the President’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget and Congress for providing funding to enable the continued, effective implementation of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease. Both the Administration and Congress have recognized the unfolding Alzheimer’s crisis and worked in a bipartisan fashion to strengthen Alzheimer’s care and support while accelerating research toward therapies that can slow, stop and ultimately prevent this disease. The new federal funding includes:

  • $100 million increase for the National Institute on Aging for Alzheimer’s research
  • $3.3 million to support Alzheimer’s caregivers
  • $4 million to train health professionals on issues related to Alzheimer’s disease
  • $10.5 million to expand home and community based caregiver services
  • $4.2 million for outreach activities to raise awareness

Additionally, the National Institutes of Health’s BRAIN Initiative will receive $30 million to support brain research that could impact several diseases, including Alzheimer’s.