For every $28,000 that Medicare and Medicaid spend on care for individuals with Alzheimer's and other dementias, the U.S. National Institutes of Health spends only $100 on Alzheimer's research, according to the Alzheimer's Association.
Unless more federal funding is allocated for new research, "this is a crisis that's going to bankrupt our health-care system," Thies said. "It's not something we think is going to happen. We know it's going to happen."
The U.S. National Institute on Aging has more on Alzheimer's disease.
SOURCES: William H. Thies, Ph.D., chief medical and scientific officer, Alzheimer's Association, Chicago; Beth Kallmyer, senior director, constituent services, Alzheimer's Association, Chicago; Gary Kennedy, M.D., director, division of geriatric psychiatry, Montefiore Medical Center, New York City; Kym Hance, director, client and community services, Home Helpers and Direct Link, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; March 15, 2011, 2011 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures, Alzheimer's Association; March 2011, Alzheimer's & Dementia
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