Alzheimer’s Disease is an irreversible progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and eventually even the simplest tasks of daily living. It can affect work, hobbies and social activities. Alzheimer’s gets worse over time and is fatal.
In 2012 Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. One in eight older Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s and 5.4 million
Americans live with Alzheimer’s. The cost of care in 2012 for those with Alzheimer’s will be $200 billion in the United States. *Alzheimer’s Disease
Facts and Figures 2011 (last visited December 16, 2012).
The cost of providing care to someone with Alzheimer’s continues to soar since Medicare will not pay for the type of unskilled care that most Alzheimer’s patients need like bathing, dressing and administering medications. Further, as the Baby Boomers reach age 65, the number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease will skyrocket.
If you or your loved ones have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other diseases that can lead to dementia and will require long term care, the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Planning Guide is an important resource. Here are some of the issues that this ebook addresses:
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