Learning more about the “tsunami” of Alzheimer’s cases

 

BANGOR, MAINE -- 03/23/2016 - U.S. Sen. Susan Collins listens Wednesday as families speak about the Alzheimer's disease drug trials their loved ones are in at Acadia Hospital in Bangor. Collins visited the hospital for a briefing on the Alzheimer's disease research that is being conducted there. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins listens Wednesday as families speak about the Alzheimer’s disease drug trials their loved ones are in at Acadia Hospital in Bangor. Collins visited the hospital for a briefing on the Alzheimer’s disease research that is being conducted there. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Sen. Susan Collins visited The Acadia Hospital on Wednesday to learn more about clinical trials of new drugs and other interventions to manage Alzheimers. Collins has made funding for Alzheimer’s research a priority in her legislative work, especially as a focus for the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, which she chairs.

” ‘It is a tidal wave. It’s a tsunami,’ Collins said in describing the number of baby boomers expected to begin to suffer from the most common form of dementia as they enter their at-risk years.

Alzheimer’s, which attacks the brain and causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior, is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. Costs associated with the disease total around $226 billion annually, the senator said.”

Read about Collins’ visit to The Acadia Hospital here.

 

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