Nov 22, 2009

Alzheimer's Caregivers Overlooked By Politicians

Most Alzheimer's caregivers and advocates are frustrated by the lack of attention and resources being dedicated to Alzheimer's.....
A recent Harris Interactive poll indicates that 100 million Americans are touched by Alzheimer's and another 33 million are worried about getting Alzheimer's. These numbers are likely to grow as the population ages.

Alzheimer's often results in a slow torturous death.

It is not well known that once Alzheimer's strikes it is likely to be a decade or more before the disease results in death. This torture is not limited to the person suffering from Alzheimer's but also overwhelms caregivers and families.

The job of caregiver is one of endless struggle, and those who work with Alzheimer's caregivers say it is a struggle that is too often ignored by policy-makers. Now, with experts predicting a surge in the number of Alzheimer's cases in the coming decades, advocates worry that the needs of patients and caregivers could overwhelm the health care system.To read this article about the current Alzheimer's landscape -- go here.

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