Amidst other topics discussed at a town hall meeting held in Charleston, WV, yesterday, Sen. Hillary Clinton answered questions regarding her prospective approach to Alzheimer's Disease. When asked about her plan to address the imminent threats carried by Alzheimer's Disease, she gave a three-part response:
1. Research: Clinton discussed the stagnation and eventual decrease in NIH funding under the Bush administration. "A lot of promising research is just on the shelf. People have had their laboratories closed because...there was no money...We’ve got to put more money into it and we’ve got to have a more coordinated approach to research," Clinton said.
2. Caring for our caregivers: The senator discussed the burdens and costs for caregivers, and suggested a tax credit. "Care giving is one of the most important jobs in our society...we need to provide more help for care givers...I would give a tax credit for care giving," Clinton said.
3. Long-term care: She went on to discuss the impact and costs of long term care on individuals, the economy, and the government: "We need more options for long-term care," she said, "We need to make it easier and more affordable for people to get some help [paying for care]."
Sen. Barack Obama is scheduled to speak in Charleston, WV today. Sen. John McCain is scheduled to be in California through the end of the week.
Let all the candidates know they need to give us answers on Alzheimer's Disease
-Dan Morris, Alzheimer's Association