Won’t it be great when a cure is discovered for Alzheimer’s? Think about the heartache and suffering which will be avoided with families no longer having to watch their loved ones slowly slip away. Unfortunately, we may be a long way from a cure being discovered. Despite years of research, not a single medicine has been shown to slow the disease’s progression; medications currently on the market only ameliorate some symptoms. Because of the poor track record of research on treating Alzheimer’s, a new approach has begun. According to a recent Newsweek article: “The New Offensive on Alzheimer’s Disease: Stop it Before it Starts”, an aggressive approach to prevent Alzheimer’s rather than treat it is taking hold and the results if successful, could be significant. If the onset of dementia can be pushed back by 5-10 years, “many more people would die of ballroom dancing instead of in nursing homes.” The consequences of failure could be equally significant with more than 5.4 million Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s – a figure that is expectedly to triple by 2050 with medical costs exceeding one trillion per year. Let’s pray that this new approach is successful.
Nearly every week brings another diet, superfood, or some other advice to lose weight or feel 20 years younger. While some of these promotions may offer some good ideas, many do not and can leave people confused and frustrated. Furthermore, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and other serious health issues seem to […]
An 84 year old man who had suffered a stroke was adamant upon being discharged from the hospital that he did not want anyone coming into his home and could take care of himself just fine. Unbeknownst to his daughter, the social worker cancelled his order for home help services and discharged him to his […]
The cost estimating website “Howmuch” has released estimates for the cost of long term care in each state. The report examines costs for adult day care, home health aides, assisted living and nursing home care. Michigan while expensive, is fortunately is not at the top of the list for any category. For a month in […]