Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Alzheimer's Report

In 2016, the World Alzheimer's Report estimated that 47 million people around the globe had dementia. 
According to Alzheimer's Association annual report every 66 seconds an American will develop Alzheimer's disease.  By 2050, that number is expected to be one every 33 seconds.  By the middle of this century, over half of all Americans 65 and older will have Alzheimer's.
Director of family and information services for the Alzheimer's Association, Ruth Drew explained: "What is driving these numbers is that there is no disease modifying treatment, no prevention and no cure.  And while U.S. deaths from Alzheimer's have doubled in the last 15 years, an increase of 89 percent of deaths from other major diseases have been declining."
Drew points out that deaths from heart disease, the number 1 killer of Americans, has declined by 14 percent over the same period while HIV deaths have dropped by 54 percent, stroke deaths by 21 percent and prostate cancer deaths by 9 percent.
Furthermore, other diseases have declined because of significant investments in research that produce treatments and techniques to reduce risk, sometimes even a cure.
Experts point out that without additional funding and a breakthrough, Alzheimer's could be the disease that breaks the nation's health care bank.  In 2017, for the first time, total costs for caring for those living with Alzheimer's and other dementias hit $259 billion.
Alzheimer's already consumes one in every five Medicare/Medicaid dollars. With 71 million baby boomers headed toward risk age, this will go to one in three, perhaps in the next decade, at which point Alzheimer's will single-handedly collapse Medicare/Medicaid.
Reportedly in 2016, those who took care of loved ones with dementia provided an estimated 18.2 billion hours of unpaid assistance, a contribution to the nation valued at $230.1 billion.


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