I thought the photo of these lovely “Forget-Me-Not” flowers might be relevant to this post.
“I’m shocked that people are not panicked about what this disease is going to do to the country or to their families.”
-Dr. Rudolph Tanzi, Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
On January 25th at 10pm PBS is premiering a program on Alzheimer’s. As I have previously opined in this blog, there are other serious illnesses that seem to be more “fashionable” and attract more Dollars for scientific research than for the disease for which there is no cure. But Alzheimer’s is having a dramatic impact on this country and will continue to dominate Medicare and Medicaid cost statistics. It can also dominate American’s personal retirement savings too.
This post serves as a “heads-up” to our Low Country Community. You may wish to tune in to PBS on Wednesday evening!
PBS is promoting the new program as follows:
“Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts, premiering January 25, 2017, at 10pm ET, is an urgent wake-up call about the national threat posed by Alzheimer’s disease. Many know the unique tragedy of this disease, but few know that Alzheimer’s is one of the most critical public health crises facing America. This powerful documentary illuminates the social and economic consequences for the country unless a medical breakthrough is discovered for this currently incurable disease”
I have also previously shared figures published by the American Alzheimer’s Association and for the sake of clarity and background include them again here below:
“The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease is growing – and growing fast. An estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease in 2016.
Of the 5.4 million Americans with Alzheimer’s, an estimated 5.2 million people are age 65 and older, and approximately 200,000 individuals are under age 65 (younger-onset Alzheimer’s).
One in nine people age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s disease.
By mid-century, someone in the United States will develop the disease every 33 seconds.
These numbers will escalate rapidly in coming years, as the baby boom generation has begun to reach age 65 and beyond, the age range of greatest risk of Alzheimer’s. By 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease may nearly triple, from 5.2 million to a projected 13.8 million, barring the development of medical breakthroughs to prevent or cure the disease. Previous estimates based on high range projections of population growth provided by the U.S. Census suggest that this number may be as high as 16 million”
In America every 66 seconds someone develops Alzheimer’s.
The projected cost of Alzheimer’s treatment in the US in 2016 was $236 billion.
Just over 18 Billion hours of unpaid care was provided in 2015 by around 15 million care givers.
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