03.10.10

Burr Thanked for Leadership on Alzheimer’s Legislation

Presented Chairman’s Award on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) received the Chairman's Award from the Alzheimer's Association at their National Gala for his leadership and support of the Alzheimer's Breakthrough Act, of which he is a co-sponsor. Also honored at the event were Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), ABC's Terry Moran, actress Soleil Moon Frye, and Alzheimer's researcher and Director of the Center for Aging and Diversity at the University of North Carolina's Institute on Aging, Peggye Dilworth-Anderson.

"It is truly an honor to accept this award, but I am even more honored to be surrounded by so many people who have committed themselves to working tirelessly to improve the care and treatments for those stricken with this disease, and ultimately find a cure," Senator Burr said. "We all dream of a world where Alzheimer's no longer poses a threat to us and our loved ones."

S. 1492, the Alzheimer's Breakthrough Act, would authorize a comprehensive research effort on Alzheimer's disease at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including research focusing on early diagnosis methods, therapies to prevent, detect and treat Alzheimer's, and better ways to help caregivers of those suffering from the disease. To better support Alzheimer's patients and their families, the bill would also establish a toll-free Alzheimer Call Center to provide advice, consultation, information, and referrals for caregivers. The bill would also extend the Alzheimer Care State Matching Grant Program, a joint federal-state effort to provide care to Alzheimer's patients, including improving access to home-and community-based long-term care services.Currently over 5 million Americans, including 200,000 North Carolinians, suffer from Alzheimer's disease.