World Alzheimer’s Day falls on September 21st. It’s a time for fundraising, information, and a world that comes together to discuss this debilitating chronic condition. Whether it’s affected your family for years or it’s new and frightening, these are some of the facts your family should discuss.
The Average Person Lives Four to Eight Years After Diagnosis
After a professional diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, most people will live another four to eight years. That’s not exact, however. Some people go on to live another 10, 15, or 20 years.
No one can tell you exactly how long your parent will have. No one can truly predict how long each stage will last. By the time your mom or dad is in the moderate stages of the disease, care is essential. Even if your parent is still dressing, showering, and managing personal care tasks, wandering, forgetting dinner is in the oven, or managing medications seems impossible. Caregivers are needed for those aspects of daily life.
The Estimated Lifetime Cost of Caring for Someone With Alzheimer’s is Over $350,000
To care for just one Alzheimer’s patient over the rest of their lifetime costs an estimated $350,174. People with Alzheimer’s are more likely to visit hospital emergency rooms following a fall. They’re more likely to need home care and time spent in adult day programs. Plus, they’re more likely to also have other chronic health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and kidney disease.
Symptoms Don’t Always Follow the Same Path
One of the most frustrating things about Alzheimer’s is that you don’t know what to expect from day to day. Some people wander, but others never do. If wandering occurs, there’s no warning that it’s about to happen. The same is true of agitation, anger, and panic attacks. They may suddenly appear from out of nowhere and require new care tactics before you’re ready.
Family caregivers need to plan for everything and hope they don’t need to use those plans. Have ideas in mind for redirecting angry outbursts that occur in the middle of a store or restaurant. Look into GPS devices that make it easier to find a parent who wandered away.
Caregiving Tasks Can Be Exhausting
An estimated 18.5 billion hours of care are provided by informal caregivers to Alzheimer’s patients each year. Usually, it’s an adult child providing this care, and 66 percent of those family caregivers are female and under the age of 65.
If you’re caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s, it’s so important to make sure you have help. A sibling taking over once a month isn’t enough. You need time each day to have to yourself. Talk to a home care agency about respite care and part-time caregivers. You owe it to yourself to focus on your well-being by letting a professional home care aide take over.
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