Need for Dementia Care Services Rising at Concerning Pace

February 22, 2018 | BY PHS Staff

Despite major advances in medical science, a cure for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia remains out of reach. As the American population ages, that’s a major concern. Rates of Alzheimer’s and dementia are skyrocketing, leading to an overtaxed health care system and rising demand for dementia care services.

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At Preferred HealthStaff, we’re as concerned as anyone about the data emerging around Alzheimer’s and dementia. As a leading provider of home dementia care services in south central Pennsylvania and West Virginia’s eastern panhandle, we’ve witnessed the growing need for memory care in our communities.

Experts say this trend is on pace to become a full-scale crisis. It’s now more important than ever that we rethink our approach to understand, preventing, and preparing for dementia.

Alzheimer’s Cases Expected to Triple by 2050

Recent statistics and projections paint a troubling picture for the future of dementia. Cases of Alzheimer’s are climbing steeply, outpacing the rise of America’s elderly population. According to projections by Rush University Medical Center, cases of Alzheimer’s are expected to triple between now and the year 2050.

Meanwhile, dementia has become a deadlier disease. Last year, the CDC reported that Alzheimer’s deaths had risen by 55% over a fifteen-year period between 2009-2014. Researchers believe a number of factors may help explain this number. But as with the increased number of Alzheimer’s cases, the aging population only accounts for a fraction of the rise.

According to a poll conducted by the Maria Shriver’s Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement and the Bipartisan Policy Center, the average family is poorly prepared to handle the challenge of Alzheimer’s and dementia care services. This poll revealed gaps in the average American’s knowledge about Alzheimer’s and dementia, including risk factors for developing Alzheimer’s and the costs of dementia care services.

A Better Way Forward for Dementia Care Services

If we’re going to properly care for seniors with dementia over the coming decades, it’s clear that we need a new way forward. Urgent changes are needed in the availability of high quality dementia care services, and in public education about Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders.

While many of these changes can only take place on a community level, others can be made individually. Here are a few of the changes that you and your family can make to reduce your chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease and prepare for the possibility of dementia care services:

  • Educate yourself about Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, including early signs of the disease, risk factors for developing dementia, and preventative measures you can take.
  • Make lifestyle changes that reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, including regular moderate cardiovascular exercise, and a diet with high levels of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and omega-3-rich foods.
  • Plan ahead for the possibility of a loved one requiring dementia care services. Talk with your parents and/or grandparents about how they would want to handle care if it becomes necessary. If care may be needed, research the cost of care and plan ahead financially.

Do you have an elderly loved one who is coping with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia? If so, Preferred HealthStaff can provide specialized dementia care services from compassionate, highly trained caregivers. To get started with a free consultation, simply contact us today.

Call (866) 943-9791 today to schedule a free consultation from Preferred HealthStaff, or read more about our dementia care services.