The Real Cost of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. Recently the Alzheimer’s Association released its annual report detailing the state of Alzheimer’s in America. The report shows 5.7 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s and its costing Americans $277 billion a year! But that figure isn’t the true cost.

Millions of Americans take time away from work to care for family members every year. In an NBC report, the Association said, “In 2017, 16 million Americans provided an estimated 18.4 billion hours of unpaid care in the form of physical, emotional and financial support.”

Alzheimer’s is financially and emotionally draining. The health needs of someone with Alzheimer’s tops $300,000 a year, according to the Association. And unfortunately families pay 70 percent of this cost out of pocket. The Association reports caring for someone with dementia takes up nearly 20 hours per week, forcing many people to choose between attending work and caring for a loved one. The Association also reports caregivers not only lose out on money, but they are at higher risk for heart disease and depression.

Hiring an in-home caregiver for a loved one with dementia is often the best choice for families. An in-home caregiver takes the stress away from family members, while also providing the best care possible for the loved one. Midnight Sun Home Care has a unique understanding of the physical and emotional demands that come with caring for someone with dementia. We are dedicated to helping clients and their families maintain strong relationships while working through these difficult transitions. Plus, in-home care is often more cost-effective for families than family members taking time away from work.

For an assessment, if you have questions or just need to talk to someone contact Midnight Sun Home Care today.

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