Today's Top Alzheimer's News
December 6, 2013
Trish Vradenburg on the need to talk about Alzheimer's and the global impact of Alzheimer's (read more).
- A December 5, 2013 Washington Post article profiled USA2 Co-founder Trish Vradenburg and the need to raise awareness of Alzheimer's. According to Vradenburg, "We have to start talking about Alzheimer’s. It’s ugly. It’s ugly for the victims. It’s ugly for the caretakers. In Japan, for the first time, they just sold more adult diapers than baby diapers! Do we really want that? I don’t want to change any more diapers. And the thought of my son changing mine? No. We have to get people to come out of the closet and demand research, money, a cure, a vaccination, anything! We need more money, and I’m not going to stop asking for it. I’ve got nothing to lose now. I will shake a congressman. I recently told one that if he had any questions, I’d be waiting right outside his door. You don’t have a mother like mine and not stick around for as long as it takes."
Additional ADI Coverage
- A December 4, 2013 PolicyMic article highlighted the rise in Alzheimer's and its impact on millennials. According to the article, "Alzheimer’s Disease International released its report as a warm-up to the G8 dementia summit in London this month. The summit aims to draw attention, raise support, and promote funding for Alzheimer’s research. In the United Kingdom, Alzheimer’s research receives one-eighth the amount that goes to cancer research…As Alzheimer’s cases rise globally and in the U.S., health care costs and costs of support systems for patients will weigh heavily on an already strained health care system. While the disease may feel like a long way off for young millennials, the effects of a dementia epidemic will set in sooner rather than later. Let's hope the call for more research funding doesn't fall on deaf ears."
- A December 5, 2013 New Scientist article reported on the release of the ADI report and its global implications. According to the article, "The other new data, from the United Nations, show that more people everywhere in the world are living [in] an age where they are vulnerable to dementia. ADI worked out the new dementia estimates by combining these new rates of disease in China and Africa with the new life span projections."