One of the collaboration's first projects focuses on Alzheimer's patients' caregiver burden. Unlike caregiving for most terminal illnesses, caregiving for Alzheimer's disease might persist for much longer given that patients with Alzheimer's disease may live for several years. Caregivers are vulnerable to health consequences because of the chronic stressors connected with looking after a person with Alzheimer's disease, saidRoy Beveridge, MD,Humana'sChief Medical Officer.‘I believe we are no more maintaining the Joneses but instead keeping up with the world,’ says Satu Halpin, a 37-year-old mom in Olympia, Washington, who tunes out to stay happier. It is, of course, also difficult to ignore the economic downturn in the last decade. Shigehiro Oishi, a researcher at the University of Virginia, has documented a growing dissatisfaction with the widening gap between the wealthy and everybody else. Others have connected unhappiness to ‘income insecurity.’ ‘The even more competitive and market-driven society becomes, the more folks are on their own to survive and flourish, the even more insecure they are within their day-to-day lives, the even more unequal things become – standard of living tends to decline,’ says Benjamin Radcliff, a professor of political technology at the University of Notre Dame who offers researched this subject.