The China-US Women's Foundation believes that we can achieve a healthier society by understanding how social and economic conditions impact health and medical treatment, and working to improve those conditions.
According to the OHCHR at the United Nations, the right to maximum health extends not only to appropriate health care but also to the 'underlying determinants of health, such as access to safe and potable water and adequate sanitation, healthy occupational and environmental conditions, and access to health-related education and information, including on sexual and reproductive health.'
CUSWF brings together Western medical know-how and traditional Chinese preventive care to help solve these issues. Through educational webcasts, events and collaboration, we work to educate on key health issues that especially affect women, and explore how a fusion of East and West medical knowledge and health practices can help achieve the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health for everyone.
The China-U.S Women's Foundation continues to monitor the situation and will share with our members and audiences news and information. Here's a good overview from Columbia University.
CUSWF invited Ann Hedreen, a writer, filmmaker and teacher, to interview Tia Powell, MD, Director, Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics, about Tia's new book Dementia Reimagined: Building a Life of Joy and Dignity from Beginning to End.
In the following piece by Ann Hedreen, she and Tia share meaningful insights and further elucidate a challenging topic. We welcome feedback and personal stories from our readers.
Ten years from now, every single Baby Boomer in the United States will have turned 65, and we’ll account for 20 percent of the population, outnumbering children for the first time in U.S. history. China is aging even faster: the World Health organization estimates that in the next twenty years, the number of people 60 or older will more than double, reaching 28 percent. Many of us will be healthy and vibrant in our old age, even as we manage chronic conditions ranging from cranky knees to heart disease. Some of us will start to worry about our brains. Some of that worrisome short-term memory loss will turn out to be more serious. If we’re lucky enough to reach 85, our chance of living with dementia will likely be 50 percent. And the chance of scientists coming up with a magic pill by the time we need it—one that can prevent, stop or reverse any of the many types of dementia we might encounter—is close to nil.
That’s the bad news. But Dr. Tia Powell wants us to know that there is much we can do besides wring our hands as we face a future that could include a dementia diagnosis for ourselves or for someone we love. In Dementia Reimagined: Building a Life of Joy and Dignity from Beginning to End, Dr. Powell, a professor of psychiatry and bioethics, makes a powerful case for reimagining how we view dementia.
It’s a subject that’s personal for me. I watched my mother live with and eventually die from young-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Like Powell, I am one of six siblings who scrambled to keep up with the demands of our mother’s relentless illness. I wish we’d had Dementia Reimagined in our hands then. I’m glad it’s available now for other families like ours. (Read more)
Ann's memoir, Her Beautiful Brain, which documented her experience with a mother with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, won a 2016 Next Generation Indie award. Ann’s writing can also be found in and other publications. She is just finishing a second memoir, The Observant Doubter.
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