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How The Medical System Is Failing People With Down Syndrome And Alzheimer’s Disease

Over just the past few decades, the life expectancy of people with Down Syndrome (DS) has increased from less than 30 years to nearly 60. But for many, that remarkable advancement comes at a high price. As they live longer, up to ninety percent of people with DS will have Alzheimer’s Disease. It is, in fact, the leading cause of death [...]

By |2022-02-10T13:53:33-05:00February 10th, 2022|dementia, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Medicare Won’t Pay for Controversial Alzheimer’s Drug Aduhelm Without A New Trial

In a key decision, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said today that Medicare will not pay for the controversial Alzheimer’s drug Adulhelm until it sees positive results from a government-approved trial. In bureaucratic language: “Monoclonal antibodies directed against amyloid for the treatment of [Alzheimer’s Disease] provided outside of the CMS approved randomized controlled trials and trials supported [...]

By |2022-01-11T17:46:04-05:00January 11th, 2022|dementia|0 Comments

With Medicare Undecided On Whether To Pay, Alzheimer’s Drug Maker Biogen Offers Free Doses

A funny thing happened on the way to that $56,00-a-year Alzheimer’s drug: Payers are reluctant to pay, providers are reluctant to prescribe, and the price is coming down—at least for some patients. It is a tale  that could push Congress to allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices. Reuters reports that Biogen, which sells the controversial medication it calls Aduhelm, is [...]

By |2021-09-01T15:11:40-04:00September 1st, 2021|dementia|0 Comments

New Ethics Standards For Docs Who Care for People With Dementia

The ethics committee of the American Academy of Neurology has updated its guidelines for caring for people with dementia and their families. The statement could accelerate an important shift in the way physicians treat patients with dementia. The guidelines highlight the need for physicians to recognize patient autonomy and the key role played by family caregivers. And they require doctors [...]

By |2021-08-19T11:08:50-04:00August 19th, 2021|dementia|0 Comments

FDA’s Approval Of A New Alzheimer’s Drug Shows What’s Wrong With The Way We Care For Frail Older Adults

FDA’s decision last week to approve a new “Alzheimer’s disease treatment,” and the buzz that surrounds it, is a symptom of all that is wrong with the way we care for frail older adults in the US. Rather than providing the supports that people with chronic conditions desperately need, and that evidence shows works, we prefer to chase butterflies. In [...]

By |2021-06-15T11:54:04-04:00June 15th, 2021|long-term care, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The 2020s Will Be A Tipping Point For Elder Care In The US

As 2020 dawns, the US is about to reach a critical, historic tipping point in its need to care for frail older adults. And we are tragically unprepared. In just five years, the first of the 77-million strong Baby Boom generation will reach age 80—the time when people’s frailty increases dramatically and they begin to need high levels of long-term [...]

By |2020-01-01T16:03:19-05:00January 2nd, 2020|Aging, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Anti-Alzheimer’s BOLD Act Isn’t. But It Could Be A Step In The Right Direction

Last week, President Trump signed into law the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act, a measure aimed at building a public health model to fight Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The law would authorize up to $100 million over five years to improve public education, support health and social service agencies’ dementia initiatives, and collect and disseminate data about cognitive decline. [...]

By |2019-01-09T11:00:47-05:00January 9th, 2019|dementia|0 Comments

Medicare’s (Small) Step To Encourage Remote Monitoring For Seniors Living At Home

The Trump Administration has taken a modest step towards expanding the use of remote monitors to track blood pressure and other vital signs for Medicare recipients living at home. While there is little evidence so far that remote monitoring improves health outcomes, advocates for seniors as well as device manufacturers believe the tools can make it more likely that frail [...]

By |2018-07-13T09:33:37-04:00July 13th, 2018|Medicare, Technology|0 Comments

Health Care Measures Everything, Except What Really Matters To Seniors

As board chair of a community hospital, I am often confronted with the dozens of quality and safety measures that state and federal regulators use to score and pay us, and private organizations use to rate us. And as someone who works to improve the quality of care for older adults, I am struck by how much all these measures [...]

By |2018-02-14T12:43:53-05:00December 6th, 2017|Health Care|0 Comments

 Dementia Rates Are Falling In the US

An important new national study finds that, after adjusting for age, Americans 65 and older are less likely to get dementia than in the past. The report, published in the Journal of the American Medical Assn (JAMA) confirms previous regional studies in the US as well as recent research in Europe. The reasons for this decline in prevalence of the [...]

By |2016-11-21T11:16:11-05:00November 21st, 2016|Blog|2 Comments