Minnesota Alzheimer's Act to boost research

A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Wednesday unveiled the Minnesota Alzheimer's Act to set aside $5 million for research. There are 100,000 people in Minnesota living with Alzheimer's, according to the Alzheimer's Association.

More: About the push, in images

"You lose your mother, bit by bit, over the years, and it's a very sad process," said Sen. Sandra Pappas (DFL-St. Paul), who revealed her own mother is battling Alzheimer's in a memory care facility.

Sen. Carla Nelson (GOP-Rochester) plans to setup a blog so people can write about their own experiences with Alzheimer's in Minnesota.

At some point Wednesday, we hope to hear from Sandy Oltz of Sartell, Minn. -- a consultant to actress Julianne Moore for her role in the upcoming movie, "Still Alice." Moore just won the Golden Globe for that role about a woman living with the disease. The movie will have its first showing in Minnesota this weekend.


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