May 182010

We’ve always known that Alzheimer’s disease is expensive. It costs families precious time with their loved ones. It costs people their lives.

But the costs to Medicare and Medicaid are also devastating. This morning, we released Changing the Trajectory of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias: A National Imperative. a report that examines how in the absence of disease-modifying treatments, the cumulative costs of care for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias from 2010 to 2050 will exceed $20 trillion. ($20 trillion dollars is enough to pay off the entire U.S. federal debt and send a check to every man, woman and child in America with additional money left over .)

The report also reveals that the number of Americans age 65 and older who have Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia will increase from 5.1 million to 13.5 million by mid-century. Our nation is woefully unprepared for this accelerating epidemic.

That’s why we continue to call on Congress to pass the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (S.3036/H.R. 4689). A coordinated, strategic, national approach is the only way to confront this problem. Go to to get involved.

While many other countries have already developed plans, the United States is lagging behind. Australia, Canada, Cyprus, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, South Korea and Sweden all have national plans. It’s time for us to catch up.

Robert Egge

  2 Responses to “Changing the Trajectory of Alzheimer’s Disease”

  1. i have trouble remembering things: I have noticed several signs; I AM TRYING TO find a website for people like me. Everything is for caregivers. People with early signs of alzheimer's CAN use a computer.

  2. Hi,
    I have been a caregiver for my mother for over 3 years now and I am not aware of any national plan in Canada regarding Alzheimer's or any other type of dementia. What I have witnessed is lack of any type of help at home provided by the social workers despite 2 years I asked for help to provide care for my mother and utter negligence in the nursing home where she is right now, where basic hygiene is not provided, the budget for food is less than 5$ a day (malnutrition), no activities are provided, etc… Should I also mention that I cannot express myself for fear of backlash from the Quebec government's social workers and nursing home bureaucrats? Should I also mention that I have tried to contact her neurologist for months with no success because there is a shortage of neurologists in Quebec? I can certify that there is no such thing as an action plan in Quebec. What is worse is there is a lack of honesty about the situation. The government cannot afford the cost but does not want to warn the population who has the right to know so it can set aside funds to prepare for this eventuality. My mother's health has severely deteriorated since her admission in the nursing home and if i do not provide her very soon with a private caregiver during the day, her health will be threatened by the lack of mobility, the malnutrition, the lack of basic minimal hygiene, the lack of basic water and stimulation in that home.

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