Although the color purple has often been linked to royalty there is nothing royal about Alzheimer’s disease. The next time you see someone wearing a purple ribbon, know that they are supporting awareness of this devastating disease that comes with a high price tag. This high price tag includes monetary and emotional costs. Not only will your family and loved one who is afflicted with Alzheimer’s struggle to deal with the progression of the disease, your parent will need the support of a professional living assistance care provider to help provide the right kind of care. This person will understand the advancing stages of the disease and can help prepare your parent and family for the changes they will be experiencing. Although your mother or father may not recognize the changes when they occur, preparing them and the family is essential.
The high cost of Alzheimer’s is calculated by the average hours of care the family caregivers are providing (time off work, time away from other family and friends,) as well as the actual cost of living assistance needs as their parent progresses through this disease. Living assistance needs may include full-time or part-time respite care for the family.
The availability of medications for Alzheimer’s is at an all-time high due to the research and studies into a cure. However, these can be costly and should factor in to the care budget. Living assistance aides work with families and agencies to support additional therapies such as music and art to lower costs for families that may be struggling to provide all they can for mom or dad. Since this illness does not have a cure at the present time and many medications are still considered trial and error, some families choose not to participate and instead love and nurture their parent as best they can.
Although the numbers have grown with those living with Alzheimer’s, living assistance professionals see a light shining ahead. There is a belief that the future will be a world without Alzheimer’s but for now it will cost us to care for mom or dad with the medications and therapies developing each day.