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.
According to a recent New York Times article: “You may not need another reason to retire early, but I’ll give you one anyway: It could lengthen your life.” That’s the conclusion of the article based on various research regarding the relationship between early retirement and longevity. In “The Connection Between Retiring Early and Living Longer”, the […]
No one wants to face the prospect of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Yet ignoring potential warning signs is a serious mistake. The Alzheimer’s Association has released the “10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s” which can help a person determine whether a he or she should be examined by a physician or stop being a worry wart. […]
Kaiser Health News recently published a story regarding the impact of Alzheimer’s on ordinary people – particularly women in California. The article – “Postcard from California: Alzheimer’s ‘Looks Like Me, It Looks Like You’” – focuses on an event sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association that was part of an initiative to highlight the disease’s impact on […]