The impacts and large costs of dementia are a major challenge and one that is growing fast, all over the world. There are many things that can be done to address this challenge. It is very good that there is increasing awareness of this challenge at political level all over the world, as shown by … Continue reading Responding to the challenge of dementia by funding long-term care: BBC World Service podcast
I'm in San Francisco for a large and very important conference on ageing, the IAGG (International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology), a great opportunity to learn and exchange ideas. It is also a spectacular city, with wonderful quirks and extraordinary views. But it is a city full of people whose untreated mental health problems have … Continue reading San Francisco and the other side of luck
Long-term care social insurance is not a perfect mechanism, yet it may be the most robust way to meet the needs of increasing numbers of older people, as it brings additional funds. Our long-term care Cinderella is growing and needs her own source of income, or she will be condemned to perpetual emaciation as she cannot win the fight for food against her more powerful step-sisters.
The more we learn about all the things that we can do to help people affected by dementia to live well, the more pressing it becomes to find a way to bring more funding into the dementia care system. This additional funding is needed not just to keep up an increase numbers of people affected … Continue reading Matching dementia policy aspirations with funding realities: a role for social insurance?
As an economist working on estimating how much it will cost to look after older people with care needs and dementia in the near future, I often have the role of reminding people that longevity, which is a wonderful human achievement, does come at a cost, and it is a cost that we are not … Continue reading Longevity: opportunities, honesty and planning