The sixth leading cause of death in the United States has no cure yet. Today, more than five million Americans are said to be suffering from Alzheimer's. The cost to the nation — $236 billion, this year alone. Left uncontrolled, Alzheimer's could cost the country more than $1 trillion in 2050.
Clearly, the impact of a disease that robs the body of its mind stretches far beyond the patients and caregivers. What, then, will it take to rid this disease from society?
During the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, The Atlantic gathered policy makers, medical experts and caregivers for a conversation about what combination of federal policies, new treatments, funding and support for patients and families will be most effective in restraining Alzheimer's.
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The Atlantic at the 2016 Democratic National Convention
The Atlantic went to Philadelphia for a range of events discussing issues of consequence to everyday Americans and shed light on the vision and policy goals of the Democratic nominee.
The Atlantic at the
Democratic National Convention:
We held a Morning Briefing at the start of each day of the DNC, addressing some of the biggest questions affecting this election.