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Older Adults: 4 Things to Consider When Care Planning

As a clinical social worker and care coordinator at Montefiore Health System's Center for the Aging Brain, I've learned that older adults face similar barriers when it comes to navigating health care. Many predict that by the year 2030, the amount of older American's will double and account for a significant amount of our population. As this population continues to grow, it's important that caregivers are aware of some common issues faced by older adults to ensure their loved ones receive the best care. Here are things to consider when planning for care.

Alzheimer's Disease

According to the Alzheimer's Association's 2017 Facts and Figures, 37 percent of our population ages 85 and over will be diagnosed with Alzheimer's; 17 percent of those ages 65 to 74 and 1 in 10 people over age 65 will also receive this diagnosis. Alzheimer's disease is a health crisis that is not only affecting older American's emotionally but also causing a financial crisis. Associated costs are climbing into the billions for both patients and their caregivers. Although there's not a cure for the disease, preventive measures, such as regular physical activity and dieting, can be taken to reduce the chances of an Alzheimer's diagnosis.

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