Alzheimer’s Disease will cost the American public over $259 billion in 2017 alone and has been classified the most expensive disease to treat— just ahead of illnesses such as diabetes, cancer and heart failure. Families are often horrified when they learn that a loved one has been diagnosed with this disease because of its progression over time and the lack of a cure. Alzheimer’s patients will inevitably require some form of in-home care or ongoing treatment and their families will normally shoulder the financial cost of care along with emotional turmoil and stress.
Families of Alzheimer’s Patients Crippled by Expenses
A recent study determined that just under half of the patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease will receive care from family members who make personal sacrifices to pay for their treatment. These sacrifices are often the choice to put off a family trip or not to make a big ticket purchase but can become more burdensome for those who are already on a tight budget. Some families must consider whether they wish to continue eating the same quality of food or if they can afford other necessities while providing for a loved one with this disease.