Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's

Every Minute Counts

Downloadable Video - 2017
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Alzheimer's: Every Minute Counts is an urgent wake-up call about the national threat posed by Alzheimer's disease. Many know the unique tragedy of this disease, but few know that Alzheimer's is one of the most critical public health crises facing America. Because of the growing number of aging baby boomers, and the fact that the onset of Alzheimer's is primarily age-related, the number of Alzheimer's case is predicted to skyrocket in the United States. This will not only be a profound human tragedy, but an overwhelming economic one as well. Due to the length of time people live with the illness and need care, it's the most expensive medical condition in the U.S. Future costs for Alzheimer's threaten to bankrupt Medicare, Medicaid, and the life savings of millions of Americans.

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Feb 20, 2018

the core message here is that the crisis of the rapidly escalating numbers of people with Alzheimer's disease is going to drain the US medicare and medicaid coffers. now consider how much worse this crisis will be in the immediate future with the changes being proposed for these medical care systems.

ArapahoeCynthiaK May 20, 2017

For anyone interested in Alzheimer's or the United States fiscal health, this PBS documentary provides information but no answers. This disease is less well-funded than other diseases and death tolls and costs keep rising, especially with the numbers of baby boomers in the U.S. As one expert grimly stated, "Alzheimer's will be the financial sinkhole of the 21st century."

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