Approximately 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease (Alzheimer’s Association). Of that number, many are dependent on immediate family members for support and assistance. That might include a spouse, adult child, or even close friends.
The burden this places on family is significant. But, it’s not just the burden on their support system but also inexperienced or inadequate care that can significantly impact quality of life and safety in the future.
Unfortunately, even now, there is little in the way of financial support for family and those dealing with Alzheimer’s. Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar has a plan that could offer increased support for those who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and their primary caregivers. And for Ms. Klobuchar, it’s personal.
Her father, 91, is currently in a memory care facility. Witnessing the challenges he and her family faced helped inspire this plan. The plan involves increasing funding for research and a way to help offset the cost of long-term care. According to the Associated Press news article, Klobuchar’s plan would help Alzheimer’s patients, caregivers, published by The Charlotte Observer:
“Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar (KLOH’-buh-shar) has a new plan to help seniors that includes more support for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.
It’s an issue that’s personal for the Minnesota senator, whose 91-year-old father is in a memory care facility.
The plan includes new funding for Alzheimer’s research and aims to develop a cure and treatment by 2025. Klobuchar would create a refundable tax credit to offset the costs of long-term care, whether it’s care at home or in a nursing facility.”
This overall plan would also include a design to support Social Security and reduce prescription drug costs, which significantly affects aging seniors.
Family may very well be a primary support system for elderly men and women who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia, but home care is also a viable resource that some may struggle to pay for.
As the disease progresses, the need for assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) increases. That can place an inordinate burden — not just mental but also physical — on close family and friends. With a proposal that could increase funding for research and long-term care, it may offer a benefit for those who may otherwise be unable to afford home care directly.
The plan itself could provide much-needed financial resources for those individuals and families directly impacted by Alzheimer’s.
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