ASHLAND – As the Chair of Ashland Board of Health I received a lot of correspondence about the Framingham Mayor’s controversial decision concerning the Callahan Center, then I received this text from my wife Wendy , who never ways in on politics…
“So disgusted to see what is happening in Framingham. Did you hear that the Alzheimer’s and Early Dementia group is getting booted from the Callahan Center? Apparently it’s more important to make space for health offices to vaccinate unvaccinated children. Clearly someone didn’t do their homework or failed math as the numbers show what a ridiculous decision this is! Spicer be nicer is not what they should have put on the signs, how about Spicer be smarter!”
Now, to be candid, my wife does have a vested interest in the topic as my father-in-law is suffering from Alzheimer’s and her grandmother did as well. But she draws an interesting, and disturbing point.
Approximately 5.6 million people in the United States over the age of 65 suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s, this does not include those under that age of 65 who suffer from this horrible disease. That is 1 in 10 people!!
In comparison, according to the CDC, there are approximately 100,000 children in the United States under that age of 2 who have received no vaccines
And, while the number of unvaccinated children has increased year over year, it in no way compares to the vast volume of people suffering with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Moving this function to the Callahan Center will also not necessarily “solve” the problem.
It is not a “build it and they will come” solution.
There continues to be wide discord around the topic of mandatory vaccination (and I am not hear to argue that it this article).
As for the Alzheimer’s and Early Dementia group who meet at the center, they are already there! What solution has been offered to provide this already vastly underserved population in the manner in which they deserve?
This decision is without foresight and common sense.
Simply put, Mayor Spicer be smarter.
Jon A. Fetherston