Harkin Announces Hearing to Examine Economic Impact of Alzheimer's in America

Release Date: 
Friday, February 14, 2014

COMMITTEE on APPROPRIATIONS

HARKIN ANNOUNCES HEARING TO EXAMINE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF ALZHEIMER’S IN AMERICA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS subcommittee), announced that the subcommittee will meet to examine the economic impact of Alzheimer’s disease in America, as well as the current state of biomedical research into prevention and treatment of the disease. The subcommittee will meet in open session at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, in Room SD-106, Senate Dirksen Office Building.

According to the Alzheimer's Association latest facts and figures on the disease, in 2013, Alzheimer's will have cost the nation $203 billion. This number is expected to rise to $1.2 trillion by 2050. More than five million Americans are living with the disease. Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

*All hearings are webcast live at www.appropriations.senate.gov

Appropriations Committee Schedule for the Week of February 24, 2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee (Chairman Harkin)

Time and Location: 2:00 p.m., in Room SD-106 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building

Agenda: Taking a Toll on families and the economy: The rising cost of Alzheimer’s in America

Witnesses:

Panel I:
Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.
Director
National Institutes of Health

Accompanied by:

Richard J. Hodes, M.D.
Director
National Institute on Aging

Story C. Landis, Ph.D.
Director
National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Panel II:

Former Congressman Dennis Moore
Democrat - Kansas-3rd District (Jan. 1999- Jan. 2011)

Michael D. Hurd, Ph.D.
Director, RAND Center for the Study of Aging
Sr. Principal Researcher & Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School

Mr. Seth Rogen
Celebrity Champion for National Alzheimer’s Association

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