Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is announcing a plan on Tuesday to invest $2 billion a year towards curing Alzheimer’s by 2025.
During a campaign stop on Tuesday, Clinton is expected to announce the plan which would mark a substantial increase in annual federal funding for the disease. Reuters reports Alzheimer’s research received $588 million in funding last year. The 2016 budget allocated $350 million more in funding toward the disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, a 60% increase in funding from 2015.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association an estimated 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer’s in 2015, 5.1 million of whom are over the age of 65. Over two-thirds of those afflicted with the disease are women and African Americans and Hispanics are more likely than whites to have Alzheimer’s.
USA Today reports Clinton said we “owe it it to the millions of families who stay up at night worrying about their loved ones afflicted by this terrible disease and facing the hard reality of the long goodbye to make research investments that will prevent, effectively treat and make a cure possible.”
The official announcement is expected at Tuesday’s stop in Fairfield, Iowa, her last before taking a break for Christmas.