By Varshini Chellapilla
“Imagine a healthcare system incapable of diagnosing whether increasing numbers of older adults with weight loss, vague pains and anemia have cancer and, if they did, incapable of treating their cancer and caring for their common complications, such as pain and fatigue. That’s the problem for funding older adults with memory loss. The system is broken and a correction is needed to remedy this.”
An excerpt from Penn Memory Center (PMC) Co-Director Jason Karlawish’s new book “The Problem of Alzheimer’s: How Science, Culture and Politics Turned a Rare Disease Into a Crisis and What We Can Do About It,” the paragraph summarizes the roadblocks faced by people with Alzheimer’s disease and caregivers as they navigate the healthcare system, as identified by Dr. Karlawish.
On March 18, Dr. Karlawish read an excerpt from his book and answered questions about the revolutionary moments of Alzheimer’s disease history, the names of experimental Alzheimer’s drugs, and his personal evolution as a physician at a virtual launch event hosted by PMC to commemorate the release of the book.