The 2014 report from the Alzheimer’s Association showed that over 5 million Americans are affected by Alzheimer’s Disease. This number is expected to grow to 13 million over the next 35 years. According to the report, women are disproportionately affected by the disease. Three out of five Americans living with Alzheimer’s are women. Women over 65 have a one in six chance of developing the disease, compared to one out of eleven men. Women are also more likely to take on the primary responsibility of caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s, with twice as many women as men acting as full-time care givers.
The cost of long-term care for individuals with Alzheimer’s is also on the rise, and according to the report, few individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease have sufficient long term care insurance or can afford to pay privately for long term care services. Fortunately, there are strategies available to assist with the care of those living with Alzheimer’s Disease. For information on these strategies, you can visit our website and download a free copy of our report, The Top Ten Elder Law Strategies for Alzheimer’s Patients and their Families