“Boomers” Are Becoming Caregivers At A Rate Of 1 Every 70 Seconds

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The following is press release that I wrote about a Care Management Assessment form I am giving away for FREE!:

(PRWEB) August 30, 2010 — “Baby Boomers” are finding themselves in the role of caregiver to their parents, in record numbers. The leading edge of the “Baby Boomer” generation will turn 65 next year, which puts their parents at 85+. Statistics from the C.D.C., say that nearly 50% of adults 85 and older are suffering from Alzheimer Disease. The National Institute on Aging predicts that adults with Alzheimer’s can live over 10 years after diagnosis. However, Alzheimer’s can strike at a much earlier age.

Unfortunately, rather than looking forward to retirement, “Boomers” are taking on the care of a parent with a progressive, irreversible illness. And because judgment and reason as well as memory are affected, these sufferers need constant care and supervision.

For families learning to navigate through the maze of health care options, services and products, family caregivers are discovering a comprehensive tool that has been described by some as a “lifesaver”: a Geriatric Care Assessment. In the hands of a Gerontologist or a Geriatric Care Manager this plan can spell the difference for families when they are facing long-term caregiving, because it takes into account everything from the person’s physical environment, to finances, to family support structures.

An elaborate time consuming process, Professionals generally charge $400 – $800 for a comprehensive Care Plan or Assessment. But many families coming to terms with this terrible disease, are not aware of this option unless recommended by doctors or hospital discharge planners.

In the past, when less was known about how Alzheimer’s progresses, a geriatric care plan was complex and could only be assembled by a knowledgeable professional. But as awareness for the disease has grown, along with services and programs, family caregivers have become very skillful at following these care plans, and with the proper guidance they can even develop their own. However, one well-known gerontologist in Los Angeles has made an excellent geriatric care assessment available to the public for free on his website: www.Dementia Assessment.com. Better still, it’s written so anyone in the Country can use it.

Donahue Vanderhider, a Gerontologist trained at the University of Southern California, and a practicing Care Manager, is offering a comprehensive 9-page Care Assessment on one of his websites: www.Easy Caregiving: Dementia Assessment Mr. Vanderhider has been helping families for over 14 years, and has written several articles specifically for “Boomers” caring for their parents.

Last year in 2009, Alzheimer’s care cost Americans over 148 billion dollars. Not just in medical care, but in lost wages, private duty nursing, assisted living and so forth, adding financial insecurity to the already heavy burden of the stress associated with caregiving.

“I can see in my client’s eyes that they desperately need the guidance I have for them, but they JUST can’t swing the expense. And I, in good conscious cannot say: sorry – go ask your support group, or try to get the doctor to give you a 10-minute description of what you can expect for the next decade,” writes Mr. Vanderhider on his blog, providing his reasoning for giving away the key tool of his trade.”

The bottom line is a new case of Alzheimer’s occurs every 70 seconds. Today there are almost 6 million reported cases of Alzheimer’s in the United States, and there are at least 10 million unpaid caregivers (mostly families) that need a good solid map to successfully negotiate the maze of Alzheimer’s care. To that end much can be learned at websites like: www.easycaregiving.com

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