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Mayo Alzheimers project heads to US Senate

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KTTC) -- It's estimated that in the next 25-to-30 years, the number of people over the age of 65 with Alzheimer's Disease will triple.

That's why yesterday in our nation's captiol, the Senate Aging Committee explored what can be done to combat the disease.

Country Music Hall of Famer, Glenn Cambell, and his daughter Ashley attended yesterday's meeting.

Campbell, who went public with his Alzheimer's diagnosis in 2011, has stopped touring because of his illness.

Mayo Clinic's Dr. Ronald Petersen was also there. He advised the Committee on what needs to be done to effectively fund the fight against Alzheimer's.

Currently the NIH spends approximently $6-billion in cancer research, $3-billion on HIV/AIDS research and a little over $2-billion in cardiovascular disease research. Yet at present the Federal Research budget for alzheimers disease is less than one half billion dollars.

An estimated 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, which is more than double the number in 1980.

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