Saturday, January 28, 2012

Alzheimer's Sucks

Two weeks ago we passed the third anniversary of my mom's death. It was a bittersweet day of memories; of both a healthy mom and a sick mom. In three years we haven't come any closer to a cure. I worry about this disease and the affect it will have on this country as the baby boomer generation ages. It is going to be a tidal wave of dementia I'm afraid. The President wants a cure by 2025. But Congress wants to cut spending for everything, who is going to fund this research? No one wants to pay more taxes and those with money are lobbying against increasing taxes. Researchers don't work for free and companies need cash infusion to work on a cure. I'm told that Alzheimer's is complex disease; finding a cure it going to take time and lots of research. Meanwhile more succumb and more are diagnosed every day. Caregivers are stretched to the limits. I don't know what the answer is in a time where people are struggling to find jobs. It's a heartbreaking dilemma that will not be solved quickly.


Lily said...

It is a frightening prospect, on macro and micro levels - every time I forget something I wonder whether I'm destined to end up like my mum. If its in the genes I'm doomed, both my mum and my paternal grandmother finished their days with dementia. If that's my fate, I hope pneumonia or some such ailment carries me off before I lose all dignity and become a burden on my family.

rilera said...

Lily, I think all of us think like you. I too hope none in my family, including myself, has to deal with dementia. We have an attitude of living to the fullest. I know you feel the same way.

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