Alzheimer’s is one of the most expensive health conditions in the U.S. More than 5.4 million Americans currently suffer from the disease and the cost of caring for those Alzheimer’s patients will exceed a quarter trillion dollars this year alone. According to a recent article in the Huffington Post: “Rising Numbers of Alzheimer’s Patients Could Bankrupt Medicare”, total costs in the last five years of life for people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia amount to approximately $341,000 – 57% higher that the costs for those without the disease. By 2050 as the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s doubles, the annual of cost of caring for those with Alzheimer’s is expected to rise to $1.1 trillion. At some point, Medicare and Medicaid – which cover about two-thirds of the total Alzheimer’s related medical costs – will “single handedly collapse.” Something needs to be done to address this issue before significant cuts are imposed.
The health care debate has been in large part characterized by rhetoric and misinformation with little discussion on how the House’s American Health Care Act would actually impact states. The Congressional Budget Office – with its poor track record of analyzing proposed legislation – estimates that it would cut Medicaid spending by $800 million over […]
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 […]