McCaskill on Alzheimer’s: ‘not funding research is dumb, refusing to fund care is cruel’

Pointing to a report issued earlier this week that costs associated with Alzheimer’s care could reach $1.1 trillion by 2050, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today said additional investments in research funding are necessary to combat the disease. McCaskill, the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Special Committee on Aging, joined Chairman Susan Collins (R-Maine) to head a bipartisan hearing focusing on the financial, economic, and emotional challenges facing those with Alzheimer’s disease and the individuals and families who care for them. The Senate panel featured Kim Stemley, a St. Louis-area caretaker and Alzheimer’s activist.