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Klobuchar recommended Mayo Alzheimer's expert to chair advisory council that drafted plan

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U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar made the following statement regarding the release of a National Alzheimer's Plan to find new treatments and preventions for the disease. Klobuchar recommended Dr. Ronald Peterson, an expert on Alzheimer's at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., to chair the advisory council that drafted the plan. Dr. Peterson also participated in Klobuchar's Alzheimer's Forum in Minnesota last year to highlight cutting-edge research on the disease.

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"Alzheimer's is one of the greatest medical, economic and social challenges that we face in the years ahead.  That's why it is critical to support cutting-edge research, treatment, and care in the effort to attack this disease," Klobuchar said. "This plan is a positive step forward in the fight against Alzheimer's and I am proud that Mayo's own Dr. Peterson is helping to lead this important effort.

The National Alzheimer's Plan will seek to address Alzheimer's disease by advancing research on prevention and treatment efforts, helping to ensure our nation's health care providers have high-quality, up-to-date training and information, and helping families and caregivers find the services and support they need.

Nationally, as many as 5.1 million Americans currently live with Alzheimer's, including nearly 100,000 Minnesotans.  These numbers are expected to grow dramatically with the aging of the Baby Boom generation.

Klobuchar is a cosponsor of the Alzheimer's Breakthrough Act, which would strengthen federal support of Alzheimer's research and increase the focus on clinical treatments for people with the disease. Klobuchar is also author of the Americans Giving Care to Elders (AGE) Act, which would provide a tax credit and other assistance to family caregivers.

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