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Meridian Health Protocol

by Sylvie Pinley (2020-07-24)

There you have it: a procedure that includes Meridian Health Protocol careful assessment and in this case psychological testing, a medical evaluation, ongoing formal evaluation of progress, and structured collaboration between client and practitioner. I believe this assessment and treatment procedure is more accurate and reliable than the strategy we psychotherapists typically use; it is ultimately also likely to be more cost effective. True, I'm a psychiatrist, but so much of what I do is psychotherapy. I doubt that differences between our disciplines should modify the recommendations I have made. Given the subjective nature of our work, I believe that any movement toward therapist accuracy and accountability for treatment results should be welcome. I hope you come to share that conviction.There are currently about 5 million Alzheimer's patients in the United States. That number is expected to triple over the next 35 years as baby boomers are beginning to hit retirement age.Along with those 5 million people that currently have Alzheimer's there are around 10 million volunteer caregivers including family and friends that offer services to loved ones free of charge in order to ensure that they receive the best possible care in their life. This means that excluding nurses, doctors and other health care professionals there are around 15 million Americans suffering from the effects of Alzheimer's disease.As this number triples over the next 35 years, we will likely see the total number of people effected by the disease reach somewhere around the 45-60 million mark.Yearly costs associated with treating those suffering from Alzheimer's disease is currently estimated at about $148 Billion. That number should easily triple to be around $600 Billion annually! There is a tremendous need to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease and it could cripple our nation financially if we are not able to find more reasonable methods to treat or cure the disease.


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