Caring for Alzheimer’s

Dementia and Alzheimer’s GPS tracking devices can help you find a lost loved one – but how do you truly bring back the one you love after the disease has robbed them of their minds, memories, personality and identity?

Alzheimer’s Caregivers: Struggling with Alzheimer’s Disease

Notes from a recent ABC special … see video here.

Early onset Alzheimer’s Disease affects about 500,000 Americans.  Early-onset hits people before age 65. There are many stresses for both victims of the disease as well as their caregivers. The disease deteriorates the mind, body and spirits.

Can we add elder care for a tax credit? How does the disease impact families? Every 70 seconds someone in America is diagnosed with the disease. Experts warn we are unprepared for the increase of Alzheimer’s as our population. Two – thirds of AD victims are women.

Families are paying $56,000 a year to care for AD victims. Can this cost be changed to pre-tax dollars? Long term care policies will be available thanks to Obama’s healthcare reforms. Flexible hours are important for caregivers.

Alzheimer’s caregivers are more likely to suffer depression, high blood press and are 6 times more susceptible to dementia. Alzheimer’s Disease will cost America 20 trillion dollars over the next 40 years – and doing nothing about it.

The United States is the only developed nation without a strategy for dealing with this Alzheimer’s Disease.

How caring for your parents can be the most extraordinary experience of your life.  Shriver suggests, like we had a Space Program, we can have a Brain Program to explore Alzheimer’s. Parkinson’s and other diseases of the brain.

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