I visited with Joyce through the patio window yesterday. She was not in a good mood and couldn’t understand why she could not come out and visit. I deflected to a happier mood but she still would not communicate. This in not an unusual occurrence for an Alzheimer’s patient. I have managed to deal with it historically but now is especially hard since we cannot take a walk together or sit and hold hands. I pray that soon this will all be over. It’s important that we protect our loved ones from disease of any kind and I agree with the procedures that her facility has put in place. However I am sick and tired of all the protests. Thousands shoulder to shoulder, no masks, etc… Millions in damage, millions in dollars raised by groups to pay bail for the thugs that were not protesting George Floyd’s death but just looting to steal. Where are these groups and where is their money to support research for a cure for Alzheimer’s. I am fortunate to be able to have Joyce in a private memory care facility. What about those that cannot? Let’s be honest about most of the non private facilities and even some of the private ones. Residents are not cared for in the manner and treated with the dignity they deserve. I think what happened to George Floyd was atrocious. I also think that racism in any form is also atrocious. However, where is the outrage over the following statistics?
Worldwide, nearly 50 million people have Alzheimer’s or related dementia.
In 2018, Alzheimer’s and dementia care in the U.S. cost $277 billion.
In 2018, caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias provided an estimated 18.5 billion hours of informal (that is, unpaid) assistance, a contribution to the nation valued at $233.9 billion.
The total lifetime cost of care for someone with dementia was estimated at $250,174 in 2018.
By 2050, costs associated with dementia could be as much as $1.1 trillion.
· Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. In 2017 (latest data I could find) there were 121,404. Projections into 2050 indicate above 700,000 annually as opposed to 1098 actual police caused deaths in 2019
· Alzheimer’s is the only disease in the 10 leading causes of deaths in the United States that cannot be cured, prevented or slowed. Can all the other 9 causes of death be prevented or cured or slowed – YES. Can police caused deaths be prevented yes. WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE OVER ALZHEIMERS DEATHS? WHERE IS HOLLWOODS OUTRAGE THAT DOESN’T GET THEM PUBLICITY OR MAKE THEM FEEL GOOD?
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