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Title: Alzheimers Disease: A Cost Benefit Analysis


1
Alzheimers DiseaseA Cost Benefit Analysis
  • John Groat
  • Michelle Theriault
  • Topics in Political Theory Death

2
What is Alzheimers Disease?
  • http//www.agelessdesign.com/FAQ-Stages.htm
  • Stages of Alzheimers Disease
  • http//www.cs.jmu.edu/common/projects/mtDNA/Alzhei
    mer's20Brain.jpg - Alzheimers brain

3
Thesis
  • Basic controversy should hopelessly ill
    patients like late stage Alzheimers patients
    receive rationed care?
  • Alzheimers is a completely cost-ineffective
    disease to treat. It costs an average of 17,000
    a year to treat a demented elderly patient. In
    light of these facts, we must consider the
    question of how many financial and human
    resources should be allocated to Alzheimers
    care, and bring living end-of life directives/
    physician assisted suicide into the care
    equation.
  • This type of decision aims to save the dignity of
    the elderly, the burden of the family, and the
    over-taxes resources of the medical field.
  • Many Alzheimers patients do not receive proper
    care and suffer from any number of forms of elder
    abuse because of the difficulty of supplying
    top-quality medical care in the nursing home
    environment. If we stopped over-taxing the system
    with late stage Alzheimers patients who have
    extremely low quality of life and no chance at
    recovery, resources could be re-distributed to
    other sectors of the medical field.

4
Brookstone facility
  • Type of care offered at Brookstone
  • Typical patients at Brookstone
  • Michele Page, R.N. experiences
  • http//austingardens.jeaseniorliving.com/facilitie
    s/salem.html

5
The controversy of Alzheimers
  • http//www.umich.edu/newsinfo/Releases/2001/Oct01
    /r102901.html
  • http//www.alzheimersupport.com/library/showarticl
    e.cfm/ID/1754/e/1/T/Alzheimers/
  • http//www.alzheimersupport.com/library/showarticl
    e.cfm?ID13
  • Michele Page, R.N. perspective

6
Death with dignity/ P.A.S.
  • http//www.partnershipforcaring.org/HomePage/
  • www.dwd.org
  • Benefits and costs of assisted suicide as option
    for elderly and society

7
Conclusions
  • As the healthcare system is increasingly taxed by
    Alzheimers sufferers, there will be a shortage
    of money and care at some point in the next
    twenty years.
  • End-of-life directives are a positive step
    towards solving the health-care rationing dilemma
    of Alzheimers, but not a complete solution.
  • As the baby-boomer generation ages, we will be
    confronted with either paying sizably to take
    care of the elderly, or accepting euthanasia.
  • After our experiences at Brookstone Alzheimers
    Care Center, it has become clear that while not
    cost-effective to care for Alzheimers patients,
    it is not just or humane to euthanize the elderly
    simply because they are burdensome and do not fit
    our definitions of quality of life or
    contribution to society.

8
A little Alzheimers humor
  • http//www.theonion.com/onion3121/alzheimerscure.h
    tml
  • Ronald Reagan, Charlton Heston prominent
    members of the Alzheimers community.
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