Today's Top Alzheimer's News
February 17, 2014
Caring for Alzheimer's caregivers, the need to focus on cures, and the impact of Alzheimer's on the African American community (read more).
- A February 17, 2014 New York Times article highlighted the impact of caregiving on Alzheimer's caretakers. According to the article, "But there is no question that being the full-time caregiver of a family member with Alzheimer’s or any other form of dementia requires constant adjustments."
- A February 17, 2014 Forbes opinion piece by Yevgeniy Feyman advocated for a healthcare system focused on finding cures for chronic diseases like Alzheimer's. According to Feyman, "So what are we to do? The answer lies in basic science. An important reason for the skewed distribution of health expenditures is the prevalence of chronic diseases – and treating them requires sufficiently funded research into the basic biochemistry of these illnesses. Stay tuned for part two, where I will discuss exactly why this is the case, and what it means for our federal spending priorities."
- A February 16, 2014 Philly.com opinion piece by Stephanie Monroe, director of the African American Network Against Alzheimer's, highlighted the impact of Alzheimer's on the African American community. According to Monroe, "In 2012 alone, the costs of care for African Americans suffering from Alzheimer's were nearly $71.6 billion, out of total national costs of $210 billion. This cost disparity is a result of the fact that African Americans are two to three times more likely than non-Hispanic white Americans to develop Alzheimer's - the nation's sixth-leading cause of death, but the fourth-leading cause for older African Americans…Cures are cheaper than care, which is why the administration and Congress must continue to advance Alzheimer's research with increased funding. The choice is clear: Invest now or pay later."