Congress recently passed a budget bill in December, giving a few hundred million towards the research of Alzheimer's disease.
While we are able to identify the existence of the same brain plaques Dr. Alzheimer found back in the early 1900's, we still are not sure why some people develop these plaques while others do not.
Researcher Sam Cohen shares some of the facts around Alzheimer's disease research. One reason Congress included research for finding a cure for Alzheimer's is because of the huge costs associated with full-time senior care for those with memory loss. Medicare does not currently pay for ongoing senior care needs but Medicaid, for low-income seniors, does.