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Unless you are a spring breaker partying it up, you have probably given your own mortality a once-over or two during these long COVID-19 days.
The value of long-term care insurance (LTCI) is an ongoing conundrum. There’s no doubt we’re living longer. According to LongTermCare.gov, a site provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, at least 70 percent of people 65 and older will need long-term care services and support at some time in their lives.
The Alzheimer’s Association Montana Chapter has put out a press release saying that finding ways to stay engaged and active during the COVID-19 pandemic is proving to be challenging for many Montanans, but it can be particularly difficult for people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia.
We are at a critical time during the COVID-19 pandemic. While everyone is on edge, and being inundated with news headlines and new statistics, one population we should keep top of mind is our older friends and families, especially those with cognitive impairment, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Americans everywhere are concerned about the coronavirus. However, COVID-19 has demonstrated that it’s particularly serious for older adults whose immune systems naturally weaken as they age — and especially for those with chronic medical conditions, according to Dr. Samir K. Sinha, a member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council.
It’s not a good time for an elderly person to be away from home, let alone in the hospital.
There are few challenges more emotional and difficult than caring for an aging loved one who has dementia. In addition to the normal challenges of aging, elders who suffer from dementia can experience dramatic temperament changes and require more attentive care. As the condition progresses, wandering becomes a risk and around-the-clock care may be needed.