An estimated 62,000 people in Houston and Harris County are living with Alzheimer’s disease, according to Care Partners.
Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease can cost between $ 15,000 and $ 100,000, depending on the level of care.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, over the next 30 years, the country’s costs are expected to rise from $ 277 billion to over $ 1.1 trillion.
Rising costs are a problem given that 25% of caregivers are still young. They are called the âsandwich generationâ, which means that they take care of their parents and their own children.
Katie Scott is President of Care Partners, a local organization that helps people with dementia and their families find support and financial assistance.
“If you are a caregiver of an elderly person, you can participate in one of our education programs, you can go to a support group for more information on topics like this” , Scott explained.
She said their service is free because everything else related to the disease can be taxing.
âAs soon as you get diagnosed, for any type of dementia, start having conversations and start contacting financial planners. Contact the Harris County Regional Agency on Aging. Reach out to other service providers who can walk you through âwhat are the next steps,â Scott advised.
At the gathering place organized by Care Partners on Wednesday, people from all stages of the disease were dancing, singing, moving to activities the organization was planning for the group. Patients enjoy the day while caregivers take a break from shopping.
Tommy Breaux is vice president of Care Partners and said music therapy is amazing because the area of ââthe brain affected by Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t necessarily affect the part of the brain that processes music.
âEven those at a later stage, who often can’t even communicate,â Breaux said. “We know all of a sudden the words come afloat when they hear the music and it’s really magical.”
Care Partners is a non-profit organization and relies on donor funds. They have also been downsized due to the pandemic, but are looking to rebuild their groups. If you are interested or need help, visit CarePartnersTexas.org
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