Today's Top Alzheimer's News
October 23, 2013
How non-scientists can influence research, the need to speak up and speak out about Alzheimer's, and the need to address the looming Baby Boomer crisis (read more).
- An October 23, 2013 The Guardian article reported on how non-scientists can "influence the course of scientific research." According to the article, "Scientific research has an enormous impact on modern society, with its effects felt in many aspects of our lives. But scientists are also part of that society, and can adapt their research topics and methods to reflect its ever-changing priorities. All too often, though, these priorities are dictated by governments or by the private sector, while the views of members of the public aren't heard. However, it's certainly possible for interested individuals to influence the course of scientific research…there are a number of ways in which members of the public can communicate their opinions and priorities to scientists and those who fund them, none of which necessitate pitchforks and flaming torches. Money talks, but so do time, effort, and votes – so get cracking, and good luck!"
- An October 22, 2013 Huffington Post piece highlighted the need to "step up" and "speak out about Alzheimer's." According to the post, "As a global society, it is our collective responsibility to tackle one of the most pervasive issues of the 21st Century -- caring for people with Alzheimer's…This problem isn't going to take care of itself. Finding a cure is imperative and more research is needed, but families providing care, private companies and governments must also strike a better balance in providing and financing different types of long-term care for people with Alzheimer's and other dementias -- whether it be home care, assisted living, adult day care or nursing homes. This global dialogue on the impact Alzheimer's has on families and society must continue so we can develop a set of best practices and strategies to contain what is already an emergent issue before it can cause more damage in the future."
- An October 22, 2013 Demos.org article highlighted the need to tackle the nation's looming aging health crisis. According to the article, "If you think the U.S. faces fiscal challenges now, just wait until the bulk of the Baby Boomers start retiring and, worse, begin to suffer from chronic diseases like Alzheimer's and diabetes at record levels, as well as start dying in intensive care units.It's hard to overstate the magnitude of expense coming as the health of the largest generation in history begins to seriously deteriorate. There are now about 49 million on Medicare. By 2035, that program will be covering the health costs of 85 million people."
- An October 22, 2013 The Guardian article reported on the low diagnosis rates of Alzheimer's and dementia in the UK. According to the article, "There are up to 800,000 people living with dementia in England – a figure that is predicted to double within the next 30 years – yet less than half of these will receive a diagnosis of their condition. Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has described the figure as "shockingly low"."