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Coyle & Wytychak Elder Law News

January 2019, Volume 2, Issue 13

What is going on?

We now accept credit cards through our website, www.CWELP.com! Click on the “Payments” tab on the home page to be directed to the LawPay website.  

Coyle & Wytychak Elder Law will be closed on January 1, 2019 for the New Year Holiday and January 21, 2019 for Martin Luther King, Jr./ Human Rights Day.  

On January 8, 2019, the Alzheimer’s Association will present Health Living for your Brain and Body at the Hayden Public Library at 2 pm.  This educational program is free and open to the public!

The Lake City Senior Center is now offering smartphone classes!  For more information, visit http://www.lakecitycenter.org/.  

The Alzheimer’s Association and the Kroc Center host the Memory Café on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at 1:00 p.m. at the Kroc Center Café.  It’s a safe place for those with memory loss and their friends and family to enjoy a favorite drink with others.  Contact PJ Christo at (208) 666-2996 for more information.

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“If you add a little to a little, and then do it again,

soon that little shall be much.”

Hesiod

upcoming alzheimer’s legislation-                                 by kate coyle

I recently attended a town hall meeting regarding public policy on Alzheimer’s Disease, both at the state and federal level.  It was truly eye-opening. I have encountered Alzheimer’s Disease personally in my own family. I encounter Alzheimer’s Disease and other related dementias every single day practicing Elder Law.  But to be shown the actual numbers and projections in Idaho and across the United States was staggering.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, every 65 seconds someone in America develops Alzheimer’s Disease, resulting in half a million new cases a year.  By the year 2050, the projection is that someone will develop Alzheimer’s Disease every 33 seconds. The total number of people living with Alzheimer’s will be 13.8 million by then.  In Idaho, there are currently 25,000 people living with Alzheimer’s Disease. We are projected to have 33,000 cases in 2025.

Not only is the disease tragic to the patients and their families, it is also a huge financial burden on the individual, his or her family, the state, and the government.  In 2018, the direct costs related to Alzheimer’s Disease in America was an estimated $277 billion. In 2050, that number is projected to be $1.1 trillion. It also places a huge burden on our families.  It is estimated that 16 million family members and friends provided 18.4 billion hours of unpaid care to people with dementia in 2017 at an economic value of $232 billion. In Idaho, 83,000 caregivers provided the equivalent of 1.9 billion in unpaid care.  I won’t even go into the emotional and physical strain it puts on these family and friend caregivers.

So what is being done about it?  There are two bi-partisan Acts federally that aim to reduce the impact of Alzheimer’s Disease in the future.  

The BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act aims to work with the CDC and local Public Health Departments to develop Centers of Excellence around the country to expand and promote innovative and effective Alzheimer’s interventions.  It will provide funding to state, local, and tribal public health departments to promote early detection and diagnosis and increase collection of data to inform future actions.

The Palliative Care and Hospice Education Training Act is another bipartisan effort which will enact a national campaign to increase training for doctors and nurses on the importance of palliative and hospice care with a focus on managing and easing symptoms, easing pain and stress, and increasing comfort to improve quality of life for those with dementia.  The act will increase the availability of palliative and hospice care, where there is a significant shortage nationwide. The act will establish workforce training centers for these professions, create education and awareness, and fund research to enhance the delivery of palliative care.

What can you do?  CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATORS to voice your support for this type of legislative support for dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease!  The Alzheimer’s Association has an entire lobbying arm (the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement) that can provide you with pre-written “Dear Senator” cards, provide you templates for letters to the editor of your local paper, and put you in touch with your state and federal leadership.  Our local Alzheimer’s Association chapter can help you through the first steps if you want to get involved. A friend of mine, Katy, lost her husband to Alzheimer’s Disease a few years ago. She now visits Boise and Washington D.C. annually to lobby for funding for Alzheimer’s research.  She started with a phone call to (208) 666-2996 to see what she could do.

 

Help us find the first survivor of Alzheimer’s Disease!  

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