Doreen Alfaro holds a photograph of herself and her mother Anita Franco at her home in Aptos, Calif. , in this photo taken Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. Dementia is poised to become a defining disease of a... more 
Doreen Alfaro holds a photograph of herself and her mother Anita Franco at her home in Aptos, Calif. , in this photo taken Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. Dementia is poised to become a defining disease of a rapidly aging population _ and a budget-busting one for Medicare, Medicaid and families. The Obama administration is developing the first national Alzheimer's plan to combine research aimed at fighting dementia with help for caregivers. Around the country, thousands of families are pleading for changes to improve early diagnosis and help keep loved ones at home instead of in nursing homes. Doreen's mother Anita Franco died from Alzheimer's Disease in 2005. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Marcio Jose Sanchez
Mon, Sep 12, 2011 12:58 PM EDT