Alzheimer's Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter

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World Without Alzheimer's

March 15, 2012
In This Issue
2012 Facts & Figures
Driving & Dementia
Professional Conference
FotoFest 2012
Prevention Through Lifestyle?
Come Work Your Passion
Caregiver Conference

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.

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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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Contact our Chapter:


HELPLine: 800-272-3900


2242 W Holcombe Blvd

Houston, TX  77030


Want to become a member of the Alzheimers' Association staff: 


  • Southeast Texas Regional Outreach Coordinator
  • Bay Area/ Galveston and Brazoria Counties Regional Outreach Coordinator
  • Communications Assistant
  • Public Relations Coordinator

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    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:

    1. Call 800-272-3900
    2. Ask for "Dementia and Driving"
    3. Provide your name, email address, & phone number
    4. 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.




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    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 -

    713-314-1313, 800-272-3900

    The conference will provide 6.25 continuing education credits to nurses and social workers.


    Special thanks to the following:

    Conference Sponsor

    Vanguard Geriatrics Inc.

    Lunch Sponsor

    The Law Offices of Christina Lesher

    Breakfast/Break Sponsors

    Autumn Leaves and Park Plaza Hospital

    Closing Sponsor

    Avanir Pharmaceuticals

    Keynote Sponsor

    Silverado Senior Living

    FotoFest 2012 Artist Reception March 21:

    Presenting Nan Dickson's Cold Storage



    Artist Reception 

    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.


    Read article... 

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    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!

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    Save The Date:


    Caregiver Conference 





    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.


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