Alzheimer’s care could “bankrupt” Utah

Jasmine Phu

June 6, 2011

With the Alzheimer's Association estimating that almost 15 million people are tending to the needs of 5.4 million patients, it's clear that Alzheimer's care is a growing need across the country. However, many local governments are failing to take the necessary steps to provide assistance for families struggling with the burden of this condition.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the problem may be the most pronounced in Utah, the state which is expected to have the most new Alzheimer's diagnoses by 2025.

"Utah isn't prepared now to meet the challenges of Alzheimer's care," Alzheimer's care expert Norman Foster told a panel, according to the publication. "Unless we do a better job, the cost of Alzheimer's disease care threatens to bankrupt our state."

Families who are struggling to provide for a patient with Alzheimer's disease may also want to install a medical alarm system in a senior's residence. This device allows users to immediately send a personal emergency response message to a call center if they require assistance.

Additionally, it can be important to find trained caregivers to assist with the responsibilities – the news source reports that one of the main barriers to adequately providing care to patients in Utah is a lack of skilled care providers.

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