The West Virginia Senate unanimously passed a bill to establish an Alzheimer's registry at West Virginia University on Wednesday.
The purpose of the bill is to collect and evaluate date on the prevalence of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders in the state. Information from the registry could be used to support research, but individuals' names would be confidential.
The registry would cost the state about $125,000 to operate annually.
A similar measure passed the Senate last year, but died in the House.
About 50,000 West Virginians are expected to have Alzheimer's Disease by 2025. That's a 25 percent increase from 2000, according to an April report by the State Department of Health and Human Resources.