What’s Honor Radar this week? A new report from the CDC on senior care, turmoil within the Alzheimer’s Association amidst a battle over cure-versus-care priorities, plus a new natural supplement that offers an increased “healthspan.” Not to be confused with lifespan—but absolutely expecting to influence exactly that.
According to new data released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a “significantly” increasing number of adults over age 65 need help with personal care.
While that’s not surprising to most people, especially given that the CDC report comes in the midst of an “aging boom” in the United States, how dramatically the need for personal care increases as one ages is.
“Seniors over age 85 were twice as likely as adults between age 75 and 84 to require personal care help, and were five times as likely as adults age 65 to 74. The report also found 6.4% of white seniors required personal care help, compared to 9.6% of black and 11.3% of Hispanic seniors.”
With more people in general living longer combined with the aging population boom that’s beginning to surge, a care crunch is inevitable. By 2030, “19 million seniors will require long-term care, more than double those who required LTC services in 2000.”
The good news? This will create job opportunities for millions of qualified care professionals.
Results from a separate study “determined that at least 2.5 million workers will need to join the long-term care industry in the next 15 years to keep up with the growth of the aging population.”
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Cure or Care?
The national Alzheimer’s Association, one of the country’s most powerful disease advocacy groups, is moving to centralize and standardize its programs, requiring all local chapters to dissolve their boards of directors and transfer their assets to the national organization by July 1.
“Such consolidation is necessary because the disease is on a steep trajectory,” says Stewart Putnam, chairman of the national board of directors.
Local chapters are not happy.
In fact, “prominent chapters in Los Angeles, New York City, San Diego, and elsewhere have pulled out of the national association in recent months. The defectors accuse administrators of spending lavishly on salaries and travel, retaliating against breakaway chapters, and focusing too much on raising money for research and lobbying at the expense of local programs, such as exercise classes and outings for Alzheimer’s patients.”
These accusations are not new—and they aren’t just about power and money. They reflect a fundamental difference of opinion in how to be most helpful to families affected by Alzheimer’s.
What’s at the heart of this conflict? Priorities. To raise money for a future cure or to support patients and families struggling with the disease right now.
Read more details here and learn how this rift may negatively impact millions.
New Cellular Service
Can a pill you take once a day boost your energy, improve your body’s ability to repair its DNA, and keep you healthier as you get older? MIT’s Lenny Guarente, one of the world’s leading scientists in the field of aging research—and one of the most well-respected—is banking on it.
Guarente has joined forces with two, younger cofounders, Eric Marcotulli and Dan Alminana to start Elysium Health, a natural supplement company combining scientific research with startup savvy. Basis, the company’s first product, is designed to improve health by increasing NAD+ levels and aiding in cellular detoxification.
Unlike drug makers, Elysium Health sells “only unaltered natural products, which generally aren’t patented and don’t need FDA approval, and create new kinds of supplements that make no claim to treat a specific disease but promote general wellness instead.”
“If there’s a benefit that can be had now,” says Guarente, “then I think it doesn’t make sense to wait a decade or more until some derivative [from a drug company] becomes available.”
The big idea: bring the results of cutting-edge scientific research to consumers now in a natural form without making any claims to a longer life or to preventing any particular disease.
“We have no interest in being an anti-aging company and extending lifespan,” says Marcotulli. “For us this is about increasing healthspan, not lifespan.”
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