It’s an amazing statistic and there are many more that accompany it:
- It is the 6th leading cause of death in our country
- It is the only cause of death in the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed
- One in three Elders die with Alzheimer’s or another dementia
- Almost two thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease are women
The World Month was established to raise awareness and to increase education about the disease. It is designed to encourage people all around the world to spot the signs of dementia, but also not to forget about loved ones who are living with dementia, or those who may have passed away.
The 2015 report titled “The Global Impact of Dementia” was included in a recent article by Long-Term Living. It commented on five statistics that we should all know.
Dr. Al Power, who has been named to the Scientific Program Committee for Alzheimer’s Disease International 2015, has provided much insight on this topic to Green House adopters. His blogs, webinars and presentations have resulted in rich conversation about the disease. Dr. Power will be conducting an all day preconference session along with a plenary and education session at The Eighth Annual Green House Meeting & Celebration in Broomfield, CO from November 16-18th. The annual meeting is for Green House members only and this year’s theme is Better Together. The title of Dr. Power’s preconference session is “Reframing Dementia.” His plenary session is entitled “Living Better Together with Dementia: Taking it Further” and his education session is “Real Life Without Antipsychotic Drugs.”
To learn more about Alzheimer’s click here for information and research from the Alzheimer’s Association.
So, what will you do this month to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s Disease?
This year marks some major celebrations when you think of programs for Elders in this country. 80 years for Social Security and the Golden Anniversary for the Older Americans Act as well as Medicare and Medicaid.
Medicare was signed into law on July 30, 1965; however it was a much debated piece of legislation in a variety of forms prior to that historic date! In many ways it may remind you of the debate that continues today about health care coverage in our country and how it should be provided.
Medicare has grown into the nation’s largest healthcare program, covering 55 million Americans over the age of 65 and includes people with certain disabilities.
As lifestyle changes and advances in medicine have helped increase our life expectancy, it also has created a financial challenge for Medicare. When the program was first implemented people were living until 70…today you can add another 10 years to that number.
Within 15 years it’s estimated that 76 million additional baby boomers will be eligible for Medicare, however it’s also estimated that there will not be enough people paying into the system to support the current benefits of the program.
It is not a new or surprising issue—we have known that the Baby Boomers would soon be turning 65 in very large numbers—what we did not know was how to begin to find good options that could keep the program in place and honor the true mission of Medicare. With the 50th anniversary this year, there is more discussion around possible options and some are saying the future for the program is beginning to look brighter. Click here to read one example of that optimism.
To mark this milestone occasion, The American Society on Aging (ASA) devoted its Summer 2015 quarterly journal to the topic of Medicare. It explores the past, present and future of this important program. Click here to read more.
The once a decade White House Conference on Aging, held on July 13th, was truly a “virtual” event! All of the presentations and panels were live streamed—with over 700 “Watch Parties” taking place across the country. Perhaps YOU participated in one. 10,000 Twitter users contributed to the dialogue that day letting the world know their thoughts and reactions to the speakers by using the hashtag #WHCOA.
President Obama spoke during the event noting that one of the best measures of a country is how it treats its older citizens and noted that our country’s greatest triumphs are the Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security programs.
LeadingAge was just one organization which hosted a watch party. They compiled their top 10 highlights from the event:
- A Call for Caregiver Support Systems
- CMS Proposed Rule: Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities
- HHS Secretary Announces Funding for Workforce
Click here to read their entire list of highlights and details about each one!