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Public employees are angry that Governor Scott Walker signed a bill into law Friday that does away with most collective bargaining for public workers.
The big event Saturday will take place outside the Capitol when people welcome the return of the 14 state Senate Democrats who took off to
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Three very active volunteers and advocates for our Chapter who cope with younger-onset (or "early-onset") dementia will be making some free community presentations in the coming days. We hope you can join them.
Traveling With Hope: Sharing Our Life With Memory Challenges, Mary Kay Baum and Chris Van Ryzin, Wednesday, July 8, 4:00 p.m., Stoughton Senior Center. Contact Linda Corbett at 843.0093 for more information.
Early-Onset Alzheimer's: Overcoming The Fear, Darryl White and Mary Kay Baum, Sunday, July 12, 2:00-4:00 p.m., St. Mary's Hospital, Conference Center 1
There were several memorable moments at the 2009 Public Policy Forum
The candle light vigil was for all of us who have and will suffer great loss and a sad reminder, no known survivors
Among some of the stories told, I was sad to hear a grieving husband tell his story about his wife being diagnosed in her thirties and now gone..
The messages to Congress, from my group, were about disability issues and more money for research important for advances in the research.
On Capitol Hill I along with 8 others from Wisconsin was able to meet face to face with both Senators from my home state of Wisconsin. Both Senators, Kohl and Feingold were very receptive.
Marie Shriver spoke to Senator Kohl’s group on aging and I learned more about the report being deliver to the Senate Panel.
The candle light vigil on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial was for all of us who have and will suffer great loss and a sad reminder, There all no known survivors.
Roll call and the alignment of delegation by state
I am planning to be at the forum next year in Washington
I hope to meet more online folks at next year’s forum in 2010.
ps at the 2008 Public Policy Forum in Washington DC my Wisconsin group met with Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin in her Capital Hill Office
27 Mar 2009
During a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing on Wednesday, high-profile Alzheimer's disease funding advocates called for a public-private effort to garner more research money and support for caregivers, CQ HealthBeat reports (Reichard, CQ HealthBeat, 3/25). A recent Alzheimer's Study Group report suggested that the disease "could very easily surpass even the current economic crisis in the damage it inflicts on individuals and our economy" and cost Medicare and Medicaid more than $1 trillion annually by 2050 (Clark, Miami Herald, 3/26).
According to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), co-chair of the study group with former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.), "There is no single breakthrough that would do more to lower the cost of entitlements than preventing the onset of Alzheimer's disease," because, "Given the present trends, Alzheimer's will cost Medicare and Medicaid a projected $19.89 trillion between 2010 and 2050."
The study group called for the creation of the Alzheimer's Solutions Project that would focus national efforts to first delay the onset of the disease and then to prevent it. Gingrich noted, "A five-year delay of onset would save $8.51 trillion over that same period." The project would change the payment system by 2012 to reward providers based on the coordinated services provided to patients and their families, and would establish a government-run Alzheimer's Solutions Project Office to work with the private sector for new research funding (CQ HealthBeat, 3/25). Gingrich said, "The human pain and financial burden of Alzheimer's is so great and the potential breakthroughs in science are so encouraging that a 'Manhattan Project' ... approach to ending Alzheimer's is more than justified," adding, "The choice for our generation is not whether or not to spend the money on Alzheimer's. The choice for our generation is to invest the money early and save a lot of lives, pain and money later or to be foolishly cheap" (Miami Herald, 3/26).
Gingrich suggested an "off-budget funding" strategy that would sell Alzheimer's bonds that would be repaid with savings on Alzheimer's outlays after a medical breakthrough. Scientists predict a breakthrough could occur by 2020 or 2025. Senate Appropriations Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee ranking member Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) told the audience that a possible funding approach would be to use some of the additional $10 billion NIH is to receive as part of the recently enacted economic stimulus package.
Kerrey told the committee that the disease creates huge dependency on caregivers, whose needs also must be addressed by lawmakers, as they are often forced to stop working.
Other speakers at the hearing included California first lady Maria Shriver, whose father -- Sargent Shriver, founder of Peace Corps, Head Start and AmeriCorps -- has Alzheimer's; and retired Supreme Court Justice and member of the study group Sandra Day O'Connor, whose husband has Alzheimer's (CQ HealthBeat, 3/25).
The group's strategic plan is available online (.pdf).
NPR's "Talk of The Nation" on Wednesday featured a discussion with Gingrich, O'Connor and former Surgeon General David Satcher on the recommendations in the Alzheimer's Study Group report (Conan, "Talk of the Nation," NPR, 3/25).
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