2012 Facts and Figures Released
According to the Alzheimer's Association 2012 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report released this month, Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias will cost the United States an estimated $200 Billion this year alone.
"Clearly, this is an unsustainable circumstance; we can't spend $1.1 Trillion of current dollars in 2050 and expect our economy to absorb that," William Thies PhD, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer of the Alzheimer's Association told Medscape Medical News.
Average per person Medicare payments for an older person with Alzheimer's or other dementias are nearly 3 times higher than for an older person without these conditions. Medicaid payments are 19 times higher. These costs will only continue to soar in the coming years given the projected rapidly escalating prevalence of Alzheimer's disease as the baby boomers age.
Unless something is done, the care costs of Alzheimer's and other dementias will soar from $200 billion this year to a projected $1.1 trillion (in today's dollars) by 2050. This dramatic rise includes a 500 percent increase in combined Medicare and Medicaid spending.
Alzheimer's Association Releases
The report has a special section that focuses on the estimated 800,000 individuals who have AD and live alone. Most of these people, according to the report, are older women.
Alzheimer's is the sixth-leading cause of death in the country and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. Based on final mortality data from 2000-2008, death rates have declined for most major diseases-heart disease (-13 percent), breast cancer (-3 percent), prostate cancer (-8 percent), stroke (-20 percent) and HIV/AIDS (-29)-while deaths from Alzheimer's disease have risen 66 percent during the same period.
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Learn About Driving And Dementia
Sign Up For Another Give-Away
Between Friday and noon on Monday, March 19, we're hosting a contest.
To participate, here's what you need to do:
- Call 800-272-3900
- Ask for "Dementia and Driving"
- Provide your name, email address, & phone number
- Provide your mailing address
We'll announce the winners on Wednesday, March 21st. You'll be contacted via email, and we'll list the winners on our facebook page.
Professional Education & Training
Houston Schlicting Professional Education Conference:
The Intersection of Quality Dementia Care
Friday, March 30
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
United Way Community Resource Center
50 Waugh Dr., Houston, TX 77007
Click on the link or CALL for info -
The conference will provide 6.25 continuing education credits to nurses and social workers.
Special thanks to the following:
Vanguard Geriatrics Inc.
The Law Offices of Christina Lesher
Autumn Leaves and Park Plaza Hospital
Silverado Senior Living
FotoFest 2012 Artist Reception March 21:
Presenting Nan Dickson's Cold Storage
March 21, 2012
Reception: 5 - 7:30 p.m.Alzheimer's Association
Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter
2242 West Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, TX 77030
Use the Hungry's Coupon - Present the coupon and 10% of your bill supports our Chapter.
While at Hungry's - View the Early Stage Photography exhibit!
Positive Findings In Multi-site Dementia Study - Prevention Through Lifestyle Possible?
Interim results from a multidomain interventional study that has the aim of preventing cognitive impairment and disability by managing vascular and lifestyle risk factors show successful reductions in weight, body mass index (BMI), and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels in patients at risk for dementia, researchers report.
Miia Kivipelto, MD, professor of clinical geriatric epidemiology from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, is leading the Finnish Geriatric Intervention Study to Prevent Cognitive Impairment and Disability (FINGER) trial.
Dr. Kivipelto pointed out that their results show it is possible to influence people to change their lifestyle. "I think these results are quite encouraging because they clearly show that people in the multidomain intervention group have significantly reduced weight, BMI, LDL cholesterol, and we also see an improving trend in glucose metabolism as well," she told Medscape Medical News.
Come Work Your Passion
Would you like to join the staff of the Alzheimer's Association? Do you know someone who would like to have a daily sense of accomplishment for the work they do?
If so - please review the jobs to the left and submit your letter of introduction & resume. We'd welcome other passionate and mission-driven individuals to join our energetic team!
Save The Date:
Schlicting Caregiver Conference
Alzheimer's Toolbox: Tips for Living and Loving
Saturday, June 9th
The Church of St. John the Divine
2450 River Oaks Blvd, Houston, TX 77019
Keynote Speaker: Laura Wayman author of A Loving Approach to Dementia Care.