Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Boomer Watch: Long-Term Care Options for Boomers with Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, people who suffer from this disease may need several years of care and the cost can be unreasonable. As the disease progress, it may no longer be possible for patients to be cared for at home, they may need to move to a specialized dementia care facility.

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The risk of developing this kind of chronic illness increases as you age, and with millions of boomers already in their retirement years, it will significantly impact the demographics of people suffering from Alzheimer's. This will also affect their families, particularly their adult children who are usually providers of care to aging boomers.

Programs that are created to support people with Alzheimer's are underfunded, the treatment and prevention of the disease is still unknown, thus, creating a dilemma as boomers succumb to the disease.  While this dilemma progress, children and even grandchildren of boomers with Alzheimer's will have to face enormous challenges and there will be a need to seek professional help on how to provide long-term care services to them. Unlike other long-term care dependents who simply needs assistance in performing the activities of daily living, Alzheimer's patients needs special care to ensure their well-being while keeping them comfortable.

Sunshine Care Homes discussed how to make the right long-term care choices for people who are suffering from the disease, including the pros and cons of each settings.

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