Microsoft Co-Founder Bill Gates is investing 100 million dollars toward finding a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. From the CNN article linked above, ” Today, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, where a new case is diagnosed every 66 seconds. More than 5 million Americans live with the disease, at a cost of $259 billion a year. Without any treatment, those numbers are projected to explode to 16 million Americans with the disease, at a cost of over $1 trillion a year, by 2050.” Of the $100 million Gates is investing, $50 million will go to the Dementia Discovery Fund. “The Dementia Discovery Fund is a close collaboration between charity, industry and the government, to provide much-needed investment in innovative dementia research.” The second $50 million will go to innovative start-up ventures working on Alzheimer’s cures with less traditional methods.
McGuire Wood & Bissette offers its unwavering support for the Alzheimer’s Association, Memory Care, affected families, those on the front lines searching for a cure as well as the people caring for those affected by Alzheimer’s. Our Elder Law team continues to help clients navigate the often difficult choices related to issues of dementia and Alzheimer’s,
November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. If you haven’t already, take some time to learn more about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and understand what it can do to you or someone you care about in your life.