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Despite the latest developments in the medical field, Alzheimer’s disease cannot be cured, treated or even prevented. Furthermore, Alzheimer’s is not normal aging as it has various symptoms depending on the patient and its progression cannot be slowed.
Fortunately, people can live up to 20 years with this disease. The only way we can prevent Alzheimer is by living a healthy life.
Experts have established that people having a healthier lifestyle based on a proper diet and physical exercises were less likely to develop life-threatening diseases, such as cancer, heart conditions and in this case, Alzheimer’s.
Regarding the elderly, this disease is associated with dementia whereas people diagnosed in their 30s show other symptoms that progress in time.
Around 6,400 people were diagnosed last year in the United States, and $56 million covered Medicaid treatment. Plus, one-third of the 33,000 caregivers in Alaska will suffer financial consequences as they spent 38 million hours of unpaid service last year.
According to Cindy Harris, Alaska’s ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Association, and leader for Mama Lena, a central Kenai Peninsula Longest Day team, this situation might lead to the bankruptcy of Alaska’s government.
Fortunately, nine teams from Alaska will participate in the Alzheimer Associations’ 2016 The Longest Day Fundraiser. In addition to this, they will have 19 hours of daylight on the summer solstice thanks to their geographical position.
Through this initiative, the teams hope to raise awareness and enough funds to support the costs of the most expensive disease in the United States.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the statistics show that without policy changes, funding and targeted support, the federal government will have to spend $1.1 trillion in Medicaid and Medicare payments by 2050 when the number of diagnoses in the United States will reach a critical number of 13.8 million.
Furthermore, the average cost supported by caregivers or anyone contributing to a patient’s care is $15,000 every year, provided only by their income. This situation has consequences as 74 percent of these caregivers are worried that they will not be able to maintain their own health. Plus, one in five caregivers will rarely check their doctors because they will not be able to support any other expenses.
Hopefully, this fundraiser will gather enough money and scientists will find a treatment that will be able to tackle Alzheimer’s eventually.
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