@ALZandDementia US Gov’t acts in a few hrs 2 solve immediate crisis w/ air travel, but not 4 Alzheimer’s #EndALZ

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.

Sequestration Costs:

Air Travel:

  • 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)

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Alzheimer’s:

  • 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)

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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?

Data pulled from the following articles:

http://www.ustravel.org/news/press-releases/sequestration-driven-flight-delays-place-83000-american-jobs-and-9-billion-us-ec

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/04/26/white-house-officials-senators-report-progress-during-talks-on-bill-to-ease-faa/

ALZ.org

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About Richard Kenny

My Mom has Alzheimer's and I help my Dad with caregiving!
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2 Responses to @ALZandDementia US Gov’t acts in a few hrs 2 solve immediate crisis w/ air travel, but not 4 Alzheimer’s #EndALZ

  1. boomer98053 says:

    With statistics like these – which have been in the public spotlight for quite some time now, and getting worse – why aren’t more dollars designated towards Alzheimer’s research? This bothers me to no end. And this is why I’m writing a novel – almost done actually – that brings to light what these statistics mean when lived out by you, me, and millions of others.

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