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March 9, 2017

New Alzheimer Association Report Shows Care Costs Are Growing

Kirby Lindsay Laney
New Alzheimer's Association report shares figures & facts on dementia.  Photo provided by Pixabay.com

New Alzheimer’s Association report shares figures & facts on dementia. Photo provided by Pixabay.com

The Alzheimer’s Association has released a new report showing that costs are growing for families, and our national economy, with increasing impacts from Alzheimer’s Disease, and other dementias.  Also, the death rates from Alzheimer’s diseases continue to rise above national averages in Washington State.

For the first time, total payments for caring with individuals living with dementia exceeded a quarter trillion dollars ($259 billion,) according to findings in The 2017 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts & Figures report.  The report also discusses the impacts on caregivers, such as family members, from these diseases.  More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care, including physical, emotional and financial support, for the estimated 5.5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease.  This contribution comes disproportionately from women, who make up two-thirds of Alzheimer’s caregivers.

Alzheimer's disease remains primarily a concern of those who live past age 65.  Photo provided by Pixabay.com

Alzheimer’s disease remains primarily a concern of those who live past age 65. Photo provided by Pixabay.com

The Facts & Figures report also found that the strain of caregiving produces serious physical and mental health consequences.  For instance, 35% of caregivers report that their health has gotten worse due to their increased responsibilities caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.  Also, depression and anxiety are more common among dementia caregivers than among people providing care for individuals with other conditions.

Although deaths from other major causes have decreased, new data in the Facts & Figures report shows that deaths from Alzheimer’s disease have increased significantly.  Between 2000 and 2014, deaths from heart disease have decreased 14%, while deaths related to Alzheimer’s disease have increased 89%.  It is important to note that of the estimated 5.5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s dementia, 5.3 million are age 65 and older.  In Washington State, we have over 127,000 people living with Alzheimer’s disease.

Care for caregivers is a growing concern, and the Alzheimer's Association has resources available.  Photo provided by Pixabay.com

Care for caregivers is a growing concern, and the Alzheimer’s Association has resources available. Photo provided by Pixabay.com

Finally, in the United States, Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death, and the fifth leading cause for those ages 65 and older.  In Washington State, Alzheimer’s is the third leading cause.  Everywhere, Alzheimer’s remains the only disease among the top 10 causes of death that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed.

The Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter provides programs for caregivers and individuals living with dementia.  Visit the Alzheimer’s Association website, or call the 24/7 helpline at 800-272-3900, to find out about programs and resources available, some taking place right here in Fremont.  The full text of the Alzheimer’s Association 2017 Facts & Figures report can be viewed on the ALZ.org website.

 

Fremont Chamber Hosts Safety Meeting On Homelessness & City Resources

Kirby Lindsay Laney
Come share your true feelings about the City response to homelessness, and street trash, at the Fremont Chamber meeting on March 15, 2017.  Photo by Adrian Laney, Sep '15

Come share your true feelings about the City response to homelessness, and street trash, at the Fremont Chamber meeting on March 15, 2017. Photo by Adrian Laney, Sep ’15

On Wednesday, March 15th at 8a, the Fremont Chamber of Commerce is hosting an educational event at the Fremont Foundry.  This meeting will feature a discussion on City Resources as regards Homelessness, Sharps and other drug paraphernalia, and Housing.  Expect an energetic and engaging exchange among business owners and managers, as we find out ways to help and to solve these problems.

City officials and non-profit representatives will share their observations on neighborhood safety, the problems of homelessness, and the disposal of needles.  They will also answer concerns raised by attendees, and identify resources available to handle these issues.  Meet with representatives from the Seattle Police, United Way of King County, Seattle Public Utilities, and City Councilmember Mike O’Brien.

Periodically the Fremont Chamber offers information about safety and smart solutions - attend and get your concerns heard!  Photo by K. Lindsay Laney, Oct '12

Periodically the Fremont Chamber offers information about safety and smart solutions – attend and get your concerns heard! Photo by K. Lindsay Laney, Oct ’12

Find out the best contacts and apps for reporting issues, including graffiti, pot holes, abandon vehicles and illegal dumping, at this Fremont Chamber meeting.  Register to attend this informative event on Constant Contact.  Cost is $20 for Chamber members, and $25 for non-members.  For any questions on this meeting, or about registering, contact Fremont Chamber Programs Director Trisha Rarey at 206/632-1500 or programs@fremont.com

 

 

 


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