In a nearly 4,500-word article, Newsweek (6/1, Wapner) reports that “rural America is being hit particularly hard” by dementia and Alzheimer’s. As younger people move away, residents left behind as experiencing a rise in dementia as the population ages. Unfortunately, “these counties do not have the money, the professionals or the services to address the coming tidal wave of cognitive decline.” New York state, however, “has dedicated $62.5 million over five years to support caregivers.” New York is not alone. Several “state-funded programs have cropped up across the country, particularly in rural states, such as North Dakota, Minnesota and North Carolina.” Such “initiatives could save billions of dollars,” while making “life bearable again for” caregivers.
— “AS RURAL AMERICA FACES AN ONSLAUGHT OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE, STATES LOOK TO RADICAL WAYS TO HELP,”Jessica Wapner, Newsweek , June 01, 2017.