Alzheimer's Disease Really Costing Floridians

Families and caregivers of Alzheimer's patients are asking lawmakers to spend $18 million to complete the Johnnie B. Byrd Alzheimer’s Center at the University of South Florida.

A new study shows that if no progress is made in fighting the disease, Floridians will spend $13 billion a year within five years to care for Alzheimer’s patients.

Patty Doherty helped care for her father for 11 years and said it took an emotional toll as well as a financial one.

Patty Doherty says, “World War II fighter pilot, seven children, you know, great guy, Irish, funny as they come; to watch him forget his connection to us was awful.”

Lawmakers are considering going to a competitive grant process to fund Alzheimer’s research rather than putting money into the Byrd research facility in Tampa.