Think it is time for Senator McCain to hang up his spurs…This was a mess.
Think it is time for Senator McCain to hang up his spurs…This was a mess.
As any Policeman in the world ought to know, elderly people with Dementia can be hard to deal with. They are in their own world. They are frightened by new situations, and become extremely uncomfortable if removed from the environment they are used to. This poor guy posed no risk to anyone except possibly himself. In any event, hitting someone in their 80’s or 90’s is tantamount to attempted murder – as the taser can shut down any heart devices they may have implanted. And it is fairly easy for the seizure caused by a taser shot to break fragile bones.
Another incident of Cops going crazy.
My question is…Why did the nursing home people call the cops? Often, you can change a person ‘s mind who is suffering from the disease by something as simple as waiting 10 minutes.
And yeah, this is under Black Lives Matter – making Cops responsible, and getting them the correct training doesn’t just help black folks.
Body camera video is now available from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office of an incident in March in which officers used a taser on a 91-year-old man with Alzheimer’s at a nursing home.
Police were called because the Minneapolis man wouldn’t get into the car to go to the doctor, KWCH reported. At the time of the incident, the sheriff’s office claimed that the elderly man was violent but the videos show a different story.
The 28-minute long video shows the man repeatedly refusing to leave. Sitting in a char in his room, he was batting at officers as they attempted to try and help him up. Then he begins to run away. The undersheriff then tased him and the man was taken out on a stretcher.
The family of the man asked that the video not show the man’s identity. They also revealed that the handcuffs broke his wrists and they think the incident weakened his heart and lead to his death two months later.
The Sheriff’s office is closed for the holidays, but in March Police Chief Jon Strowig said that there would be an investigation.
“There was forced used, and that’s currently under investigation,” he said simply.
Had up close and personal experience with this in my family, with more than one of my maternal side’s siblings coming down with it. With the dozens of doctors and researchers I talked to…None ever mentioned this.
Today we celebrate the civil rights movement, one of its beloved leaders, and our hard-won gains. Unfortunately, African-Americans are at risk of letting those gains slip through their fingers, along with their most basic civil right: to support their families, and themselves. Worse, they don’t even know about this threat. I’m talking about Alzheimer’s, and the dirty little secret that African-Americans are twice as likely to get it. Its consequences, as I have come to see first-hand, are simply catastrophic.
My beautiful wife, the food and lifestyle maven B. Smith is now well into the dreadful progression of stages from which, so far, no cure or effective treatment exists. I have become her round-the-clock caretaker, the hardest job I’ve ever known. And yet I’m luckier than most in my position: we live in a nice house, and we have money saved.
For the 5.3million Americans coping with it, and the roughly fifteen million more serving as full or part-time caretakers to those loved ones, Alzheimer’s is a curse that costs, on average, $100,000 a year. Make that $1 million over the disease’s average ten-year duration. Most African-American families struggling with Alzheimer’s simply can’t afford that. Having reached the middle class at last—thanks in large part to Dr. King and his movement—many are slipping back into destitution, the gains of a movement snuffed out, like so many candles in the dark, one by one by one.
The Obama administration has, at last, taken steps to address the gross inequity of funding for Alzheimer’s research versus other top killers. The budget for Alzheimer’s research will be boosted 60% in this year’s budget to $936 million. That’s still chump change compared to cancer ($5.1 billion) and HIV/AIDs ($25.3 billion), especially with 13.8 million Americans projected to get Alzheimer’s by 2050, at a cost to us all of $1.1 trillion. Yet, research is up, and promising drugs are out there.
The problem is that African-Americans may not benefit from that research. Why? In a word: Tuskagee. The infamous, decades-long, secret study of black men with syphilis that led to so many unnecessary deaths left subsequent generations deeply—and rightly—suspicious of medical trials. Result: hardly any African-Americans have signed up for new Alzheimer’s drug trials. If the disease affects African-Americans differently, who’s to say the new drugs will be suitable for them?
So on this day of civil rights celebration, I say to my fellow African-Americans: don’t be put off by a medical experiment long impugned and barred by law from reoccurring. Don’t squander the civil right to help cure a disease that disproportionately targets us. Sign up for Alzheimer’s trials, either by contacting the national Alzheimer’s Association or the Brain Health Registry. Join the fight.
Besides the emotional impact – the financial impact of someone with Alzheimer’s is devastating to the family. This, and the exorbitant cost of health care, is one of the reasons minority families have less generational wealth to pass down.
Over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and blacks and Hispanics are at highest risk of developing the disease, a new report finds.//
The report, 2010 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, from the Alzheimer’s Association, finds that black Americans are about two times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than whites, and Hispanics face about 1.5 times the risk.
“Alzheimer’s is continuing to be on the rise,” said Maria Carrillo, the association’s senior director of medical and scientific relations. “So many people are affected by it across the country, but we are rallying to highlight the disparities that exist in populations,” she said.
Much of the increase in Alzheimer’s is because of increasing high blood pressure and diabetes, which increase the odds of developing Alzheimer’s in all populations.
“African-Americans and Hispanics are particularly vulnerable, because the proportion of these two risk factors is higher even still,” Carrillo said. “We can actually do something about this increased risk with better management of the conditions.”
This year, 500,000 new cases of Alzheimer’s will be diagnosed, with a greater number of new cases expected in the years to come, the report found. By 2050, the report estimates that almost a million new cases of Alzheimer’s will be diagnosed annually.
In 2006, Alzheimer’s was the seventh leading cause of death in the United States and the fifth leading cause of death among those 65 and older.
From 2000 to 2006, death rates declined for most major diseases, including heart disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, stroke and HIV/AIDS. However, deaths from Alzheimer’s rose more than 46 percent during that time period, according to the report.
Not only are there more cases of Alzheimer’s, but more families are shouldering the burden of the disease, Carrillo said. This is particularly true for minority families who may have less access to outside care.
“There are 5.3 million Americans with Alzheimer’s,” noted Robert J. Egge, vice president of public policy and advocacy. “And for each of those people there are many others whose lives are consumed with caring for those Alzheimer’s patients,” he said.
That totals some 11 million Americans, Egge said.
In 2009, these unpaid caregivers provided 12.5 billion hours of care “valued at $144 billion, more than the federal government spends on Medicare and Medicaid combined for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias,” according to the report.
Part of the problem is that Alzheimer’s isn’t recognized until it is in a late stage, Egge said. “So there isn’t adequate care planning and other kind of support structures, especially in communities with socioeconomic disadvantages,” he said.
Another reason behind Alzheimer’s grim rise is that people are living longer — escaping illnesses such as heart disease and cancer that might have killed them before Alzheimer’s arose.
“We are managing many diseases that do allow us to live longer,” Carrillo said. “With age being the greatest risk factor, we are just skewing our population towards the Alzheimer’s arena.”
Another expert agreed.
“We have some pretty effective solutions for a lifetime of cardiovascular disease risk, but your bypass and stent may just give you time to dement,” said Greg M. Cole, a neuroscientist at the Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System and associate director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine.
Often, it all adds up to many years of needed care. And since it often takes a long time to die from Alzheimer’s, “you may have lost touch with your loved ones for 10 years, sometimes even 20,” Carrillo said.
Research dollars remain key to turning the numbers around, she said. “We really need to focus on Alzheimer’s,” she said. “We need more of an investment in Alzheimer’s disease.”
The report found that payments for health and long-term care services for people with Alzheimer’s will total $172 billion this year.
In addition, Medicare costs for Alzheimer’s patients are almost three times higher than for other older people, and Medicaid costs are almost nine times higher, the report found.