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.