When I think of the energy being expended to solve the mystery of the disappearance of Malaysia Flight 370, I realize that it’s a point of great curiosity, but doesn’t directly effect many Americans. Then I wonder if we could muster the energy to take on an issue that affects almost every American family. Alzheimer’s Disease will strike 1 in 6 women in her 60’s, twice the rate as she is likely to have breast cancer in her 60’s. For a man, it’s a 1 in 11 chance of developing Alzheimer’s in his 60’s. Women are also 2 ½ times more likely to be 24 hour a day caregivers for someone with Alzheimer’s. 16 million Americans are expected to have Alzheimer’s by the year 2050, and the cost will explode to $1.2 trillion a year for care—5 times the entire current Medicare budget. Isn’t it time that instead of attacking Republicans and making empty threats to stand up to Putin, the President ought to be waging war on Alzheimer’s? I would urge the Republicans in Congress to take the initiative in this endeavor, and call for and fund a space race type commitment that would find the cause and create a cure for this horrible disease that has touched most of our families and taken loved ones from us slowly, dreadfully, and ruthlessly. We once decided that polio needed to be eradicated because it was robbing our children of their strength and energy. We funded the research and it resulted in a cure. The coming apocalypse of Alzheimer’s disease is not only a human tragedy, but a budget killer. We’ve already saddled the next generation with a huge debt from spending foolishly. Will we saddle them with an even bigger burden of paying the exploding costs of long term care? The cure might be expensive, but surely the cost of doing nothing is even greater. Some solutions aren’t cheap, but are certainly less expensive than $1.2 trillion. That’s it for tonight.

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