CBS News reported on February 7 2012 that the US is severely lacking on its goal of finding a fix for Alzheimer’s. What will be the consequence for this re: the nursing “job shortage” or perceived current “nursing shortage”? Considered also the impact of Alzheimer’s caregiver burnout with ensuing physical health collapse as another burden on the system — what are the projected stats in this realm? In SC the Alzheimer’s Association offers family members caring for their loved ones at home a whopping $500.00 annually from a (tenuous) grant.
Below is an excerpt from the CBS story — the stats are staggering.
Patient advocates have long said U.S. spending on Alzheimer’s research is far too little considering the disease’s toll. The disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the CDC’s latest report, taking more than 83,000 lives this past year. More than 5 million people already have Alzheimer’s or related dementias, a number that, barring a medical breakthrough, is expected to more than double by 2050 because of the aging population, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. By then, the medical and nursing home bills are projected to cost $1 trillion annually.
- Drug trials for Alzheimer’s may need to start earlier (usatoday.com)