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Crisis in Aging: Disability and Alzheimer's: Lack of Caregivers Threatens South Florida Seniors' Ability to Stay Home
Date:9/29/2009

A crisis in aging, fueled by increasing numbers of South Florida seniors with Alzheimer's disease and disabilities, and a decreasing work force to care for them, threatens the ability of those older adults to remain at home, according to a Florida-based senior care business owner.

Omaha, NE (PRWEB) September 29, 2009 -- A crisis in aging, fueled by increasing numbers of South Florida seniors with Alzheimer's disease and disabilities, and a decreasing work force to care for them, threatens the ability of those older adults to remain at home, according to a Florida-based senior care business owner.

"Seniors who are facing issues such as disability, dementia and Alzheimer's disease are vulnerable to a number of problems that can threaten their safety at home," said Bill Bidwell, a Florida senior care business owner. "Those issues, coupled with a shortage of caregivers, could put older adults in jeopardy of losing their homes not to foreclosure, but to their own inability to remain at home."

According to the third edition of Florida's Aging Population (2007) from Florida State University, the state's highest prevalence of Alzheimer's disease in Florida among those 65-plus is in the south and southeast Planning and Service Areas (PSAs) 9, 10, and 11 including Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Dade, and Monroe Counties. (The State of Florida coordinates planning for long-term care at the local level through 11 PSAs located throughout the state.)

Between 14 and 15 percent of seniors over age 65 in Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Dade, and Monroe Counties are believed to have Alzheimer's dis
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