God, I hope so. Alzheimer's is such an awful disease and in part because politicians have decided to prioritize funding for it, researchers are making enormous strides (see for example, https://www.braininitiative.nih.gov). This recent paper, for example, is so interesting and exciting:
In my lab, we are excited about finding genes that have disrupted expression patterns associated with Alzheimer's risk, and then using those genes to find early signatures of Alzheimer's risk in the electronic health record.
Science communication is a passion for me, so I love your second question. Often, audiences won't read past the title, so if I could encourage the mainstream media to improve one thing, it would be to write accurate and nuanced titles in their coverage of scientific research. This twitter account, for example, really hits home for me: