Alzheimer’s costs spike

For the first time, federal Medicare costs for Alzheimer’s and other dementia care have exceeded $260 billion.

Alzheimer’s, the single largest consumer of Medicare funds, drains away one out of every five Medicare dollars. This drain on our economy is projected to grow to more than $1 trillion by mid-century, and will break Medicare.

Not part of the direct federal burden, more than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for the estimated 5.5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s dementia. These contributions disproportionately come from women, who make up two-thirds of Alzheimer’s caregivers.

Georgia families alone provided almost 600 million hours of unpaid care to family members with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, worth well more than $1 billion.

Alzheimer’s is like trying to change the tire on a moving car. We spend much more energy just keeping the wheel off the ground than we do figuring out how to fix it. While we caregivers spend billions of Medicare and family dollars, the money we spend to find a cure is critical to keeping the car on the road. We cannot just pull off the road and fix it.

Please join all those affected by Alzheimer’s, both patients and caregivers, in thanking U.S. Reps. Jody Hice and Rick Allen for their past support of Alzheimer’s Alzheimer’s research funding.

Alzheimer’s research is now funded at about $1 billion a year, well short of the $2.2 billion the National Institutes of Health estimates will be needed to complete successful research.

Please contact these congressmen and ask them to support further research funding: The NIH has determined that every dollar invested in research will repay taxpayers $758 in reduced Medicare costs by mid-century.

We are all anxiously waiting on the first survivor of Alzheimer’s. It could be you!

Ralph Stewart

Augusta

(The writer is the Alzheimer’s Association ambassador to Georgia’s 12th Congressional District.)

Dee STAFFORD 9 days ago
I cannot imagine the  pain and heartache one feels when a love one slips "into the long goodnight."

Why do we have so many more cases of alzheimer's today than we did in decades in the past?

When I see a request for more funding on anything, I always want to know what will the money go for that is not being done today?  If one says "research", what additional and type of research will it be as compared to what is currently being done?
Laurie Adamson 8 days ago
My husband Dennis N Crouse PhD from Harvard has written a book which explains why there are more cases of Alzheimer's today than there was decades ago.  Aluminum which is a neurotoxin is the cause of Alzheimer's.  Aluminum in our food, pots and pans, water, pharmaceuticals has increase.  We are exposed to toxic levels in our daily life.  The title of the book is Preventing Alzheimer's Autism and Stroke with 7 Supplements, 7 lifestyle changes and a dissolved mineral.  Dennis' mother who has Alzheimer's has benefited from the program he outlines in his book.  The book is available on Amazon.  At the end of the month there will be videos on You Tube  titled Brain Fitness in the Aluminum Age.  I am passionate about getting this information to the world !!!!
Jim Hall 7 days ago
Lead paint.  Lead pipes.  Sodium Chloride.  Saturated Fats.  Preservatives. Now Aluminum.

Will we someday find  that constant low levels of nuclear radiation are the cause of more heart attacks and cancer?
Val White 8 days ago

A friend passed a year & 1/2 ago from this terrible disease.  I slowly watched her lose recognition of me and others, watched her husband struggle with the knowledge that he was losing the love of his life.  He was a saint caring lovingly for her.


I have also wondered why this disease seems so much more prevalent today.  Is it because it was misdiagnosed as dementia in the past? 


Or is it something different such as changes in the smokers' tobacco products, the stronger more dangerous ingredients in marijuana and other drugs, is it the preservatives in our food, unhealthy changes in our diets?


Hard to imagine there's not at least an educated guess amongst scientists and doctors.

Laurie Adamson 8 days ago
Research has reached a tipping point the cause of Alzheimer's is known !!!   It is Aluminum.  Alzheimer's is more prevalent now as the amount of Aluminum in our food, water and pharmaceuticals has dramatically increased.  Preventing Alzheimer's Autism and Stroke with 7 Supplements, 7 lifestyle changes and a dissolved mineral.  Dennis N Crouse PhD in Chemistry from Harvard university is the author.  His mother who has Alzheimer's has benefited from the program he outlines in his book.  The book is available on Amazon.  At the end of the month there will be videos on You Tube  titled Brain Fitness in the Aluminum Age.  I am passionate about getting this information to the world !!!!
Roland SASSER 8 days ago

I personally think it appears more prevalent today due to misdiagnosis in the past. My brother-in-law is fighting this unholy monster! My niece is close to losing her nursing job trying to take care of her dad. I watched this man go from a high level management position with a major utility to stocking vegetables at a major grocery chain. He lost that job because he would show up or go home when he felt like it. He forgets to eat and has lost 50 Lbs. that he did not need to lose. He is on medication but left to his own devices, he forgets when he took his meds and will consume a months worth in a day. His meds being a controlled substance, you can't just ask the pharmacy to replace them. She just took his car away, major battle and he hates her for it. In the last week he was diagnosed with moderate Alzheimer's and is now deemed a flight risk. He is currently in a hospital restricted ward and my niece is trying to find a restricted private facility, very costly.


A friend's dad who was also suffering from this garbage woke up in bed one day next to his wife of 50 + years, stuck out his hand and said my name is Frank, who are you! That hurts! 

Laurie Adamson 8 days ago
Alzheimer's is a beyond devastating disease.  Here is a book that may help your brother in law.  Preventing Alzheimer's Autism and Stroke with 7 Supplements, 7 lifestyle changes and a dissolved mineral.  Dennis N Crouse PhD from Harvard university is the author.  His mother who has Alzheimer's has benefited from the program he outlines in his book.  The book is available on Amazon.  At the end of the month there will be videos on You Tube  titled Brain Fitness in the Aluminum Age.  I am passionate about getting this information to the world !!!!
TERRI STEWART 8 days ago
Georgia is one of three states that allow and require Alzheimer's to be listed as a cause of death.  When my mother-in-law passed, her COD was "Heart failure": she had had Alzheimer's for five years and her heart simply forgot how to beat.  

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