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Report Pushes To Boost Alzheimer's Research

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Lawmakers are calling for more funding to head off a national medical crisis over Alzheimer's.

Their recommendation comes on the heels of a new report on aging. The report says care, prevention and a cure are all within reach. The group includes retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and California's first lady Maria Shriver, whose father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2003.

"Sargent Shriver was an idealistic, intelligent, optimistic public servant - sharp, witty, a walking encyclopedia, his mind a beautifully tuned instrument that left people in awe. That was then. Today he doesn't even know my name," Shriver said of her father.

Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in America. It's estimated that every 70 seconds someone develops the disease.

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