Panelist Jonathan Fielding, MD, MPH, Director and Health Officer for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, said, "This is not a rare disease, this is a common disease and it???s going to become much more common as the population ages. While most of the other chronic diseases are going down in frequency, this really stands out as one that is growing very very rapidly."
In 2005, Medicare spent $91 billion on beneficiaries with Alzheimer???s and other dementias; that number is projected to reach $189 billion by 2015. Additional panelists include Shelley Freeman, Regional President of LA Metro for Wells Fargo and Alzheimer???s patient caretaker; Debra Cherry, PhD, Executive Vice President of the Alzheimer???s Association; and Richard Bozanich, journalist and early-onset Alzheimer???s patient.
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