1 in 3 Elderly Die With Dementia
New report raises concerns about cost of care
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2013 12:24 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A new report finds that one in three older adults dies with some form of dementia, including Alzheimer's, USA Today reports. By 2010, such deaths were up 68% from a decade prior, according to the Alzheimer's Association, which used Medicare and Medicaid reports to determine the numbers. During the same period, deaths from heart disease, HIV/AIDS, and stroke went down. In all, heart failure was the No. 1 contributor to death, followed by dementia.

The report is raising concerns about the cost of care: It found that payments for care will vastly increase by 2050, and that health care costs for stressed caregivers are also likely to increase. In addition, it found Medicare costs are almost three times higher for seniors with dementia, while Medicaid costs are 19 times higher. "Urgent, meaningful action is needed, particularly as more and more people age into greater risk for developing the disease," says the head of the advocacy group.

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marnan
Mar 21, 2013 1:09 PM CDT
Well, my Mom HAD dementia and as long as she could name the date, who was president and where "she was" we couldn't get a diagnosis. All her actions were 100% proof that she was unable to make her own decisions but no doctor would say so. After she lost all their money to scammers and let my Dad lay on the floor for 5 hours without calling 911 (he had a stroke) we had to go to court and force the issue. Brain scans proved major brain changes. It tore our family apart. Someone needs to make some sort of check list for family or friends to give input as to a persons state of mental confusion.
healthtreform
Mar 20, 2013 1:06 PM CDT
I am a Senior citizen I am going to blame the Seniors on this issue, here is why 1. People are still waiting for Billion dollar big pharma drug makers to "give" them a drug to stop the illness. Big Phrama wants money and does not care about you 2. Families do nothing but accept an Alzheimer's diagnoses but do not attempt to use natural cures. Instead they feel sorry for themselves or their loved ones 3. Walks for the cure are a waste of time to make money, take the illness into your own hands just google MAL ALZHEIMER DIET
finkster
Mar 19, 2013 12:53 PM CDT
Look to the chemically processed foods people are consuming during their lifetime And the pollution in our environment as well And even the drugs they pump into us at an early age All these damaging effects have to eventually take its toll on your body and mind.