Dear India Currents,
The new year brings new hope in the fight to end Alzheimer’s.
As our nation renews its collective focus to end Alzheimer’s, this year can bring hope and optimism to the millions of American families affected by this disease. 2020 was a year of great uncertainty that saw those affected by Alzheimer’s at greater risk than ever before, but 2021 represents a time to be optimistic with the Inauguration of Biden’s Presidency on Jan 20th
My motivation to be a part of this movement comes from my mother who passed away just before the holidays. We are still mourning her loss while trying to overcome our frustration on the late diagnosis of Alzheimer’s which caused irreversible damage. We had to battle with the healthcare systems both in the US and India to find out the cause for her rapidly deteriorating mental faculties. The primary care physician’s timely diagnosis would have helped us prepare for what to expect and actively work on improving her condition.
With a new Administration and a new Congress, we have new opportunities to address Alzheimer’s as a public health crisis – not just to develop a disease-altering treatment, but also to improve the quality of health care for current and future dementia patients.
More than 95% of individuals with dementia have one or more other chronic conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes. A person with dementia is 4.4 times more likely to have six or more other chronic conditions than someone without dementia. Health care utilization is significantly higher among seniors with dementia than among seniors without dementia: the annual hospitalization rate is twice as high; the use of skilled nursing facilities is nearly four times higher. In addition, on average, a senior with dementia will visit the emergency room more than once each year.
Please join me in thanking Ro Khanna for leading in the fight to end Alzheimer’s and improve care and support for those affected.
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