Event Title

The National Alzheimer's Project Act: A Sociological Analysis of Federal Alzheimer's Policy

Presenter Information

Kayla Turner, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Diamond 241

Start Date

30-4-2015 2:30 PM

End Date

30-4-2015 3:55 PM

Project Type

Presentation

Description

In 2012, Congress enacted a public law requiring a National Plan to Address Alzheimer's be published yearly by a board of doctors, federal employees, caregivers and Alzheimer patients. This law, The National Alzheimer's Project Act was a response to the federal governments realization of the upcoming health care crisis if Alzheimer's and other dementias keep increasing at such alarming rates. 5 million Americans were living with Alzheimer's in 2014 and incurring over a billion dollars in health care costs. It is expected 16 million Americans will have Alzheimer's by 2050 which will cost over a trillion dollars. So what does this plan do? Using a sociological framework I analyze how the law frames Alzheimer's patients, caregivers and providers and what that means for it's effectiveness and outcomes. Grounded in my experience as a family caregiver I will also unpack what it means to have Alzheimer's in our society today.

Faculty Sponsor

Marilyn Pukkila

CLAS Field of Study

Social Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

1042

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Apr 30th, 2:30 PM Apr 30th, 3:55 PM

The National Alzheimer's Project Act: A Sociological Analysis of Federal Alzheimer's Policy

Diamond 241

In 2012, Congress enacted a public law requiring a National Plan to Address Alzheimer's be published yearly by a board of doctors, federal employees, caregivers and Alzheimer patients. This law, The National Alzheimer's Project Act was a response to the federal governments realization of the upcoming health care crisis if Alzheimer's and other dementias keep increasing at such alarming rates. 5 million Americans were living with Alzheimer's in 2014 and incurring over a billion dollars in health care costs. It is expected 16 million Americans will have Alzheimer's by 2050 which will cost over a trillion dollars. So what does this plan do? Using a sociological framework I analyze how the law frames Alzheimer's patients, caregivers and providers and what that means for it's effectiveness and outcomes. Grounded in my experience as a family caregiver I will also unpack what it means to have Alzheimer's in our society today.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2015/program/404