Alzheimer's caregiving pushes many into debt
According to a new report by Caring.com, almost one out of four people caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease say the financial demands of doing so have driven them into debt.
The survey also found that 42 percent of family members who care for a relative with either Alzheimer’s or dementia spend at least $20,000 a year on caregiving, including out-of-pocket costs for assisted living, professional in-home caregivers, medications and medical bills, incontinence products, transportation and devices to keep patients from wandering, Of that group, at least a third said they spend at least $30,000 a year.
While a majority of caregivers pay for the relatives care out-of-pocket, 51percent use their relative’s savings, 42 percent use their relative’s health plan, 33 percent use government benefits, 16 use a credit card and 10 percent use long-term care insurance.
Almost 97 percent of the close to 1,000 people who responded to the survey said that caregiving for a person with Alzheimer’s has affected their marriages and friednships and 76 percent said their own personal well-being had declined.
More than 5 million Americans are now living with Alzheimer’s disease. That number is expected to triple as the Baby Boom ages.
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Sourced from: Market Watch, Alzheimer’s caregiving pushes many into debt
Published On: Nov 19, 2014
Stress harder on young women's hearts
Young women need to be aware of the impact that stress has on their hearts, according to a new study at Emory University’s School of Public Health. The researchers found that it can have a greater impact on their hearts than on older women and on men of all ages.
Researchers took 534 patients with coronary heart disease ages 38 to 79 and evaluated stress levels by doing a mental stress and physical stress test while monitoring their hearts.The scientists analyzed any reduction in blood flow during these stress tests.
They found significant differences in men and women, especially young women. Women under the age of 55 showed a reduction in blood flow to the heart that was three times that of men the same age. Women and men ages 56 to 64 showed the same difference, albeit smaller, and people 65 and older showed no gender differences. There were no significant changes when participants underwent a physical stress test.
These findings suggest that young women may be most vulnerable to the risks of heart disease related to emotional and mental stress. The researchers said that it’s important that doctors be aware of this impact of stress on young women and work with them to find ways to reduce it.
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Sourced from: LiveScience, Stress Is Harder on Young Women’s Hearts, Study Finds
Published On: Nov 19, 2014