Great news today from Washington, D.C., as a bi-partisan effort led by Senators Barbara Mikulski of Maryland (D) and Christopher Bond of Missouri (R) aims to double the level of funding to the National Institutes of Health (NIH)to combat Alzheimer's Disease to $1.4 billion. The news was hailed by Sheldon Goldenberg, CEO of the Alzheimer's Association.

"Today, Alzheimer's disease is the biggest health threat facing Baby Boomers as they approach retirement. Currently, approximately 4.5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, and that number is expected to increase by 70% to 7.7 million by 2030. The cost to Medicare will rise 55 percent to $50 billion a year in less than 10 years, and the cost to Medicaid will soar by 80 percent to $33 billion. The cost to families will increase even more. What greater tribute to President Reagan can there be than to join together to create a world without Alzheimer's? This legislation for research and caregivers is a major step toward that goal."

We heartily agree. One wonders what can be done from our vantage point here in the Golden State, where Governor Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver have also taken a proactive and caring approach towards the challenge facing all of us. We are looking forward greatly to the Stanford Innovation Summit in July to rub elbows with FCC Chairman Michael Powell, Howard Dean's former campaign manager Joe Trippi as well as folks like former 49er All-Pro Ronnie Lott plus usual cast of digerati, sponsored by tech media mogul Tony Perkins and his Always On Network. Rest assured Cognitivecare will be there representing your interests and seeing how we can best fight back against Alzheimer's through the power of technology.

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