State Rep. Terry Katsma (second right) met with a group of Sheboygan County advocates, including VibeTech Founder and CEO Dr. Jeff Leismer (far left), during the Alzheimer’s Association Wisconsin Advocacy Day event at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison on Tuesday, Feb. 11.
VibeTech Founder and CEO Dr. Jeff Leismer joined with group of Sheboygan County professionals taking an active advocacy role at the Alzheimer’s Association Wisconsin Advocacy Day 2020 event on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison.
Leismer participated in a day-long event, which featured an opening greeting from Wisconsin First Lady Kathy Evers, a legislative panel discussion featuring Sen. Patrick Testin, Sen. Patty Schachtner, Rep. Romaine Quinn, Rep. Jonathan Brostoff, briefing on Alzheimer’s-related legislative issues, and an opportunity to attend various legislative meetings focusing on Alzheimer’s topics and initiatives.
In addition, attendees took advantage of opportunities to get involved in the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM), Alzheimer’s advocate training sessions and the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in Wisconsin with the disease claiming 2,428 lives throughout the state in 2014. In 2017, there were an estimated 195,000 Alzheimer’s caregivers in Wisconsin tallying 220,000,000 hours of unpaid care at a total value of $2,802,000,000.
A total of $752 million in Medicaid costs were attributed to caring for people with Alzheimer’s in 2018 with a 21.6 percent rise in costs projected by 2025. In addition, $20,083 per capita of Medicare spending was on people with dementia in 2018.
In a national level, over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and it is project that as many as 14 million U.S. citizens will have the disease in 2050. The cost of caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias was estimated to total $290 billion in 2018 and it is projected to increase to $1.1 trillion by 2050. Nearly one in every three seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.
The goal of the event was to help illustrate the need for state legislators to make Alzheimer’s a priority in Wisconsin as the impact of the devastating disease continues to spread throughout the state and nation to public health crisis status.
Through the introduction of its semi-recumbent Smart Dosing™ therapeutic vibration equipment developed in Sheboygan, Wis., VibeTech has strived to assist Alzheimer’s and dementia care patients with increased mobility and strength, elevated mood and reduced pain, leading to reduced falls and improved quality of life.
“It was an honor to advocate on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association at the State Capitol last week,” VibeTech Founder and CEO Jeff Leismer said. “This is an organization with whom I share a strong enthusiasm for improving the lives of individuals living with Alzheimer’s Disease and for equipping those professionals and loved ones who care for them with the tools they need to best serve this critically underserved population.”