Our Federal Government can act in a few hours to solve an immediate crisis with air travel, but have yet to address an epidemic called Alzheimer’s – You have all failed 5.4 million people with Alzheimer’s
Our news media and government only react to what makes a good story. We fail to look at the big picture and address a real epidemic; until it will be too late. You all should be fired!!
CNN, FOX, CBS, ABC, NBC – You all need to report on the bigger problem and that is the following: How are we going to afford to care for all the people with Alzheimer’s disease? Would you report differently if this story had a close connection to you? I think so!
All of our elected officials – If you are concerned about the debt, affordable health care and doing everything you can to save one life – Why are we not dealing with this issue today?
I’m sorry, but I would rather have 83,000 jobs lost and a $9 billion dollars loss to the economy to make a difference in research for Alzheimer’s. If you compare the impact, we should stop everything and pass a meaningful bill to fight Alzheimer’s.
- 83,000 American jobs lost out of 14.6 million
- $9 Billion loss to US economy out of $2 Trillion
- 6,700 flights delayed, per day (But they only had 863 on the first day) – I would be okay with a short inconvenience in air travel, if a loved one could have a chance of living! Would you? If not, what if it was your Mom? Would you now?
- Total tax revenue losses would amount to $1.4 billion ($775 million to the federal government and $644 million to state and local governments).
- The share of the $85 Billion to be restored (Around $250 million to end furloughs and keep Air traffic control towers open)
- 5.4 million suffering from Alzheimer’s disease
- Since 2000, deaths from Alzheimer’s have risen 68 percent— while deaths from other major diseases have decreased.
- 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
- IN 2012, CAREGIVERS PROVIDED OVER 17 BILLION HOURS OF UNPAID CARE VALUED AT MORE THAN $216 BILLION.
- OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES FOR LONG-DISTANCE CAREGIVERS ARE NEARLY TWICE AS MUCH AS LOCAL CAREGIVERS.
- There are more than 15 million caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
- In 2013, Alzheimer’s will cost the nation $203 billion. This number is expected to rise to $1.2 trillion by 2050.
- Someone develops Alzheimer’s every 68 seconds.
- In 2013, an estimated 450,000 people in the United States will die with Alzheimer’s.
- $600 million spent on research (This includes the additional $80 million from the president’s budget and $40 million from the NIH director)
After reviewing the data; do you still think our news media and government are really doing the right thing and taking on the real issues?
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