National Response to Alzheimer's Disease

Contributed by: Dennis Fortier, President, Medical Care Corporation

The aging of the population, our current difficulties in detecting early symptoms and intervening effectively, and the massive financial burden of caring for demented patients, are three converging forces that foretell a major crisis for our nation.

As a means to developing a strategy for resolving this potential crisis, the Obama administration recently convened a panel of experts and administrators to initiate a formal dialogue on how to move forward. They comprehensively outlined our current state of scientific understanding about how the disease progresses, the best strategies for developing better treatment, the social impact of letting it grow unchecked, and the biggest risks associated with anything less than a bold approach.

The meeting was recorded on video and posted to the White House blog. It is a long video including the testimony of three expert panels but, for those deeply interested in this problem, it is well worth watching.

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