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Dementia Cost, Already High,
Is Projected to Double by 2040

New York Times, by Pam Belluck

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 4/4/2013 3:21:05 AM

The most rigorous study to date of how much it costs to care for Americans with dementia found that the financial burden is at least as high as that of heart disease or cancer, and is probably higher. And both the costs and the number of people with dementia will more than double within 30 years, skyrocketing at a rate that rarely occurs with a chronic disease. (Snip) Behind the numbers is a sense that the country, facing the aging of the baby boom generation, is unprepared for the coming surge in the cost and cases of dementia. “It’s going to swamp the system,” said Dr. Ronald C. Petersen,

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Those of US "baby boomer´s" alive then may become 0bamaCare´s "Walking Dead."

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: ladychatalie, 4/4/2013 4:29:22 AM     (No. 9258494)

FTA: Most rigorous study todate... and is probably higher. ~ Not very rigorous if the word "probably" is used. It was probably two NYT progressive interns with a oija board in the middle.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Bumblebee, 4/4/2013 5:00:50 AM     (No. 9258502)

The health of the brain is dependent on the overall health also, and Americans take their health for granted when young. Alcohol and drugs, including pharmaceutical drugs can destroy brain cells and inflamation from food allergies, often undiagnosed, can cause inflamation of the brain. Doctors need to stop throwing perscription drugs to every patient, and to do a proper diagnosis first. Assembly line doctors short on time, will get shorter after Obamacare. They also need to quit poo-pooing vitamins and minerals.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Trigger2, 4/4/2013 6:14:26 AM     (No. 9258537)

That Death Panel is going to be busy 24/7 assigning a 0 to the life worth of anybody with dementia.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: suedotsue, 4/4/2013 6:15:57 AM     (No. 9258539)

This is another in what will become a blizzard of studies showing what an unfair drag on the economy old people are. They´re selfish and use too much of scarce medical care available. I saw one study last year emphatic that men should stop getting the test that detects prostate cancer, that it doesn´t save many lives anyway. They´ve had studies saying women should cut way back on mammograms and pap tests. The articles noted a few people would die but the gov. would save billions.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Rather Read, 4/4/2013 6:21:44 AM     (No. 9258545)

As Charles Dickens had Scrooge put it:

``If they would rather die,´´ said Scrooge, ``they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.

I hope attitudes change - I just turned 62.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Rotten In Denmark, 4/4/2013 7:26:58 AM     (No. 9258618)

Way to bad that we "blew" our limktyed research money on the primarily self-inflicted sodomist disease called AIDS. Watching my mother suffer through Alzheimers knowing that the self-inflicted sodomist disease called AIDS was getting all the funding and attention hurt all of us.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: lylacat, 4/4/2013 11:14:28 AM     (No. 9259105)

Many patients who have taken statin drugs have suffered brain damage from these drugs; Simvastatin is the most likley statin to pass the blood brain barrier, causing memory loss. These people are being shuffled off into the system as having dementia. Google: Statin drugs, dementia. We have an epidemic that our doctors are actually causing by prescribing these damaging drugs.

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