Alzheimer's: The Cost of Caring

July 21, 2015
Washington, D.C.

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Today, one third of American seniors have Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia when they die, a trend which will result in $226 billion in medical spending in 2015 alone. These costs are likely to expand with the aging baby boom generation and ballooning medical expenses. The Atlantic examined the social, financial and scientific challenges that treating—and ultimately curing—Alzheimer's disease poses to American society.

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9:10 a.m.  Opening Remarks

  • Margaret Low Smith, President, AtlanticLIVE

9:15 a.m.  Leading the Fight: A Conversation with the Alzheimer’s Association
Sponsor Session from the Alzheimer’s Association

  • Harry Johns, President and CEO, Alzheimer’s Association
  • With Judy Woodruff, Co-Anchor and Managing Editor, PBS NewsHour

9:30 a.m.  The Alzheimer’s Challenge: Where Should the Money Go?

  • Laurie Ryan, Chief of the Dementias of Aging Branch, National Institute on Aging
  • Richard Mohs, Vice President for Neuroscience Clinical Development, Eli Lilly and Company
  • With Mary Louise Kelly, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic

10:10 a.m.  The Caregiving Experience

  • Tiffany Stanley, Young Caregiver and Contributing Writer, National Journal
  • Dwayne Hughes, Alzheimer’s Caregiver
  • With Mary Louise Kelly

10:30 a.m.  The View from the Senate

  • Senator Dick Durbin, D-IL
  • Senator Susan Collins, R-ME
  • With Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic

11:30 a.m.  Closing Remarks

  • Margaret Low Smith


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