Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Gene Wilder, Alzheimer's - Dementia & Government Funding

I found this article from 2016, and it saddens and worries me that government funding is non-existing for this great pandemic. That started way before COVID-19.
It has been around for more than 20 years and we are still in square one.

It is disheartening especially when you look at the cost of care. 

Median costs for long-term care services in 2020
Long-term care services include home- and community-based services assisted living and nursing home care.

Home care:
A paid non-medical home health aide is $23 per hour and $1,012 per week.
Adult day services: $75 per day.
Assisted living facilities: $4,051 per month or $48,612 per year.
Private room in a nursing home: $280 per day or $102,200 per year.
A semi-private room in a nursing home: $247 per day or $90,155 per year.
Source: Genworth. Cost of Care Survey 2019: Median Cost Data Tables. Available at: https://www.genworth.com/aging-and-you/finances/cost-of-care
I noticed that the cost for Memory Care in a facility setting is not reflected in this survey,  it ranges from $4,000.00 to 6,000.00 a month, of course depending on the facility.

The link that I share with you is the story of comedian Gene Wilder and his Alzheimers disease battle which he lost on August 29th, 2016. The story also mentions comedian Seth Rogen who has gone before the senate subcommittee to plea for more research funding and more support for families struggling with this devastating disease. Click on the link to read the full article. Yes, it's old, the sad thing is, It is still very relevant today.

We are on this bumpy road together, you are not alone!
Be Prepared, Be Informed, Be Empowered.
I send you lots of virtual good vibes. 

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