studies from Sweden and in a couple of other countries, including the US. We are living better and living longer.
I have seen a large number of my hospice clients who are facing COPD, and other chronic diseases, including diabetes, due to poor nutrition and inadequate exercise.
Pharmaceuticals would have you think this is true. They want more testing of, for example, beta-amyloids, plaques which block cells from communicating with one another. US Medicare is going to pay for the test, with costs between $3000 and $5000, and often not covered by private insurance.
An estimated 5.2 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer's disease in 2013.This includes an estimated 5 million people age 65 and older and approximately 200,000 individuals younger than age 65 who have younger-onset Alzheimer's.
The facts are hard to determine. The only way to diagnose Alzheimer's Disease is by an autopsy. How many aged seniors have an autopsy? How many are officially diagnosed with dementia, a symptom of other disorders, at this time? My Dad's brain tumour gave him dementia, but I was the one that diagnosed it. It was not officially diagnosed, and I was unable to convince staff in his long-term care that he was even palliative.
The Alzheimer’s Association has posted on its website, “Despite the concerns and complications, we believe it is valuable to the Alzheimer field — to the pursuit of better Alzheimer diagnostics, treatments and preventions — to have this product more widely available.” But the Alzheimer’s Association isn’t entirely unbiased. Since 2008, it has received $1.6 million from Lilly. And in 2012 it received more than $4 million from all drug companies — many of which are selling Alzheimer’s drugs.
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