The Alzheimer’s Association’s 2013 Facts & Figures Report came out yesterday. It’s not good. Unlike other disease with decreasing numbers that are being managed or cured, Alzheimer’s disease has growing numbers without a cure or the ability to manage the disease.
Quite frankly, I don’t have the energy to get into what we need to do to mitigate the Alzheimer’s tsunami heading our way. It’s all been said before, and I wouldn’t have anything new to add. Besides, I couldn’t say it any better than Nancy Wurtzel in “Dating Dementia” where she succinctly describes where we’re at and where we’re headed. She also offers practical advice when she says:
We’ll need many more medical personnel and facilities. We’ll need more education and understanding of the realities of dementia. We’ll need to provide tangible support to the caregivers who are on the front line. We’ll need ways to improve the lives of those living with Alzheimer’s disease.
I will say this — this country is in big trouble if we don’t make substantial advances on all fronts. We’ve been warned. We know what’s coming if a cure isn’t found. Like Nancy says, “a big plan is required and it will take commitment and innovation.” At the very least, let’s not act surprised when the tsunami hits.
You know the saying “hope for the best, but plan for the worst?”
With Alzheimer’s disease, the hope is in the plan.