September 21st is World Alzheimer’s Day, although I can’t remember why they picked this particular date. However, the month of September has been recognized as Alzheimer’s month and has included the recent passage of “The Missing Alzheimer’s Disease Patient Alert Program Reauthorization Act” (H.R. 2800) introduced by Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.). Alzheimer’s is a debilitating disease that impacts not just the individual, but also those who love the patient, the people involved in the caretaking, and the American economy. Roughly 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease in 2012 with an annual cost exceeding $200 billion to taxpayers. By 2050, more than 15 million Americans could be living with the disease resulting in skyrocketing costs to the government, taxpayers, and individuals. This disease serves to highlight the crippling crisis sometimes referred to as the Silver Tsunami that faces this nation as the aging population expands and those paying into the economy have to help offset the cost of those suffering. Heart disease, cancer, and diabetes are just a few other chronic conditions that are straining the health care system and Medicare and will only continue to do so as more elderly people live longer. If you don’t think your own funding situation is perilous, start considering how supporting this population and those caring for them will strain the government budget. The rising tide may raise all boats, but nobody says anything like that about tsunamis.