. December 28, 2006 SouthAmerica: The priorities of the Bush administration have been consistently screw up since 2001. Since March of 2003 the United States wasted over US$ 400 billion dollars fighting a war against Iraq â and for all practical purposes that war has been lost for a long time, but the Bush administration is too slow in grasping what is going on in the Middle East including in Iraq - and they will continue to piss away valuable resources abroad that will be needed right here at home to keep going the US healthcare system. In the meantime some priorities here in the United States which affect the lives of just about most families including Republicans, Democrats, Independents, and everybody else in between the two extremes â and that priority is healthcare. I am going to be more specific about which area of healthcare that I am talking about. In the last few years I did meet a number of people who were affected by a disease called Alzheimerâs, or someone who had a member of their family who had Alzheimerâs. I became more aware of this terrible disease when I was exposed to people afflicted by that disease over the years. A few people that I used to know â brilliant people in every sense â they became like a 2 years old child, and even though their bodies still healthy their minds were completely gone. And their minds deteriorate to a point were they donât recognize even close friends and family members. It is a very stressful, frustrating and depressing experience for most family and friends to go through. On November 3, 2006 The New York Times published an article âThe Memory Holeâ and the article said:ââ¦Nor could he have foreseen that with the significant rise in longevity over the 20th century, cases of Alzheimerâs disease would skyrocket into the millions. Paradoxically, we have created a civilization of such health and longevity that a disease that was once rare now threatens us all. Thereâs no good way to die, but some are far worse â and far costlier â than others. The plodding progression of Alzheimerâs devastates not only the patient but also a wide circle of family and friends forced to witness and participate in the long decline. The disease costs a fortune in medical and nursing fees and lost wages; a conservative estimate is that the current five million cases in the United States add up to more than $ 100 billion annually. If that sounds like a lot of money, keep in mind that the baby boomers have not started turning 65 yetâ¦â¦15 million Americans could have Alzheimerâs â about 100 million people worldwide â and national costs could reach $ 1 trillion, threatening to bankrupt our entire healthcare system.â I found very interesting that article published by The New York Times because I understood exactly what the article was trying to say. About 3 years ago one of my best friends was told that he had Alzheimerâs even though he was only 70 years old at the time (my friend is over 20 years older than me). This past summer his Alzheimerâs had deteriorated to a point that I decided to help his wife check on price of nursing homes because he was getting to the point were he needed 24 hours care. I went to about 15 nursing homes in Bergen County, Passaic County and so on and checked the price of nursing homes in our area â the first thing that I learned is that only specialized nursing homes accept patients with Alzheimerâs â and these nursing homes are geared to give 24/7 care to the Alzheimerâs patients. Now comes the shocking part â the annual cost of nursing home care for Alzheimerâs patients ranged from a minimum of $ 96K to a more expensive $ 150K per year. I could not find a single nursing home in our entire area that took care of Alzheimer patients that cost less than $ 96K per year. Then I was thinking how most people of the middle class or the poor people for that matter could afford nursing home care for loved ones who were afflicted by Alzheimerâs. That experience served as a reality check for me for what is happening in the United States today regarding healthcare I just finished reading the latest book by Alvin Toffler âRevolutionary Wealthâ and one of the items that called my attention on his book was what he said about Alzheimerâs â and quoting from his book: âThe Panic Zoneâ¦But James R. Knickman and Emily K. Snell of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation assert that this number "underestimates the economic resources devoted to long-term health careâ¦because most care is delivered informally by family and friends and is not included in economic statisticsâ¦It has been estimated that the economic value of such informal care-giving in the United States, family care for Alzheimerâs patients alone had a value exceeding $ 100 billion in 2004. And none of these figures includes unpaid care giving for short-term problems. Government and health industry officials worry that an aging population will mean more disease and debility, and therefore even higher costs. â¦On top of that, a healthcare executive warns a congressional subcommittee that âthe U.S. healthcare system is about to implode, and Alzheimerâs disease will be the detonatorâ because the baby boomer generation is reaching the age of the onset of that terrible illness. The fact that health conditions in most other countries are worse does not change the reality. The worldâs most expensive health care system is deeply dysfunctional â and getting more soâ¦.â When I was reading Alvin Tofflerâs book I also understood immediately what he was trying to say because of my current experience with my friend who has Alzheimerâs, and the other personal experience that I had in the last few years when I came in contact with other people who also had Alzheimerâs - (mostly friends or people who I used to know). Alzheimerâs is a time bomb that is ticking all around the United States â and that is the type of bomb that explodes very slowly creating havoc in the lives of millions and millions of Americans â and no family will be immune to this devastating disease Alzheimerâs will affect Republicans in the same way that will affect Democrats and so onâ¦. In a nutshell: we are all in the same boat regarding this terrible disease â and the high costs related to Alzheimerâs disease will affect everyone. The United States is already in the beginning stages of this massive health care crisis, and what we are experiencing today it is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many reasons why the Unite States needs to redesign its entire health care system ASAP â and it is time for a national health care program that will cover everyone and also will help the baby booming generation survive the Alzheimerâs epidemic that it is just ahead of all of us in the United States. .