The Decline Of The 21st Century

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Americans are not amateurs in challenging the current paradigm and fighting for its shift. The 21st century has brought about much needed conversions in America. Conversations including gay marriage rights, fair pay between men and women, gun control laws and many others. These conversations emerge when our basic human rights are infringed upon. Thus, healthcare in America is not immune to these conversations; on the contrary, our healthcare system has numerous issues to address. Among of them, dementia may be one of the most important. Why, you may ask? Let us begin with the fact that dementia is the sixth leading cause of death in America. According to the RAND Corporation, backed by the federal administration, “15 percent of people aged 71 or older, about 3.8 million people, have dementia”5. That information might sound irrelevant to some but it is vital in understanding the future. In the same report, it is stated that by 2040 that estimate will inflate to 9.1 million people 5. The rapid progression is due to the maturation of the baby boomer generation. According to Dr. Richard J. Hodes, director of the National Institute on Aging, “there are going to be more older people with fewer children to be informal caregivers for them, which is going to intensify the problem even more.” The question of how future Americans deal with end of life advanced dementia has not been nationally agreed upon. Not only will the increase of the elderly population cause the inevitable
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