Based on the conversations I've had with the nation's leading Alzheimer's researchers, I firmly believe that with the right investments and leadership, we can prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer's disease by 2025--and we can even make a cure possible by that time.
This week Congress got something done. Our country's legislators reached across the aisle and passed a landmark bill that will increase the federal funding of Alzheimer's research by $350 million next year.
In draping this fiscal problem in a hospital gown, we can't see what's really at issue. A national conversation that detracts from the real issue -- an aging population that needs more, better and more effective health care -- will have long-term, devastating consequences.
With the election over, America is facing a fiscal cliff that could impact everything the government does. Meanwhile, somewhere in America, in the next minute (and roughly every minute after that) another American will get Alzheimer's or dementia.
If you followed news coverage on the release of the National Alzheimer's Plan, you'd probably conclude that the solution to maintain lifelong brain health is simple: Simply wait until 2025 for a "magic bullet" to be discovered to cure Alzheimer's disease.