The Center for Disease Control recently published results of a survey they conducted across 21 states in the United States. The goal was to determine the span of memory loss and cognitive decline across the senior population, those aged 60 years old and up. The findings, especially for Texans, were bleak.
Increased Memory Loss
According to the survey, 13% of all Texas respondents reported memory issues. 40% of those with memory issues also reported that it interfered with their daily lives. Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia can often impair someone’s ability to perform tasks that were once second nature, like dressing, bathing, or eating.
Alzheimer’s and dementia can be difficult to identify at first, because it usually progresses slowly, and presents itself as mere confusion or forgetfulness. However, with Alzheimer’s cases expected to increase by one-third in the next 12 days, it is important to know the indicators because early detection can often help people ward off the disease for much longer.
Despite this, nearly 80% of the Texans who experienced memory problems and cognitive decline had not discussed their symptoms with a doctor.
Researchers have found an increasingly present connection between Depression and Alzheimer’s, which lends the need for greater attention paid to one’s own mental state. Those who have felt more forgetful than usual or recognize their confusion as a possible indicator of Alzheimer’s should speak to their doctor immediately.
Unfortunately, once you have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it is too late to buy a Long Term Care Insurance policy to help you cover the cost of your health services. That is why it is crucial to research Long Term Care Insurance when you are young and healthy. An LTCI policy will help safeguard your assets from depletion and cover the cost of the quality care services you deserve.
Long term care is affecting more Americans every day, and it is time to start planning for the situations that lie ahead.