Mississippi Cong. Gregg Harper says Alzheimer's disease is a devastating illness that is costing American families a high price both mentally and financially.
Harper addresses health officials and caregivers at a conference in Meridian Thursday.
The Third District congressman told the group he's committed to helping find money in the federal budget to fight the disease, which costs $200 billion each year.
"You've got to have the funding that comes in," Harper said. "We know we have limited resources, but don't know of a family in this country that's not impacted with someone who is struggling with Alzheimer's."
The conference has drawn professionals and caregivers from across Mississippi as well as Alabama. It wraps up Friday.