A bipartisan bill that authorizes $100 million in funding over five years to create a new public health infrastructure to combat Alzheimer’s disease is headed to the president’s desk after being passed Wednesday night by the House of Representatives.

“Today is a historic day in the fight against Alzheimer’s,” Alzheimer’s Association Chief Public Policy Officer Robert Egge said. More than half of the members of Congress — 58 senators and 254 congresspeople — co-sponsored the legislation, known as the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act, he said. Wednesday’s House vote was 361-3, with 68 representatives not voting.

The act authorizes $20 million annually over the next five years to establish:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Public Health Centers of Excellence to promote Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving interventions as well as educate the public about Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive decline and brain health. The centers would implement the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy Aging Public Health Road Map.
  • Cooperative agreements between the CDC and state health departments to help meet local needs in promoting brain health, reducing risk of cognitive decline, improving care for those with Alzheimer’s and other public health activities.
  • Data grants to improve the analysis and timely reporting of data on Alzheimer’s, cognitive decline, caregiving and health disparities at the state and national levels.

The United States spends more than $277 billion per year, including $186 billion in costs to the Medicare and Medicaid programs. More than five million Americans have the disease. Current estimates are that the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s could almost triple to as many as 14 million by 2050, costing the country more than $1.1 trillion annually.

EdenHill is the Community Leader in Dementia Care and Support

  • Monthly Support Groups with Geriatric Psychiatrist, Mark Burns, M.D.
  • Memory Cafés offered throughout the Community providing Education and Social Networking
  • Assisted Living Memory Care Suites
  • Full-scale Nursing Care for those with Dementia and Alzheimers

Wherever your loved one is on the Dementia Journey, EdenHill is here for you.