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DAILIES

on March 7, 2011

Since I’m very much aware of Alzheimers–having cared for my husband and gaining firsthand an understanding of the the medical, social, care  and fiscal challenge–of the disease, statistics forcast for our nation’s health care system will affect every level of our society. 

According to the Alzheimer’s Association– More than 5 million American’s have Alzheimer’s disease; By the year 2050, the number of American’s with Alzheimer’s could skyrocket to 16 million; 1 in 8 individuals over 65 and nearly half of those over 85 have the disease.  More than 7 out of 10 people with A/d live at home with almost 75 percent of the care  provided by wife/husband/family and a person with the disease will live an average of 8 to as many as 20 years. 

As an active participant in the local Alzheimer programs during the time my husband was ill, I became very much aware of the stresses, the denial, anger, social withdrawal, anxiety, depression, exhaustion, sleeplessness, irritability, health, among the problems that affected caregivers.  

TO BE CONTINUED

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