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Eldercare Expert Judie Rappaport Releases New Report on the Rising Impact of Alzheimer’s Disease on the American Family
Date:9/25/2013

Boca Raton, Florida (PRWEB) September 25, 2013

"I see the effects on families every day," says Judie Rappaport, founder of Preferred Lifestyle Services Geriatric Care Management. "Everyone knows about the rising costs of health care, but many are not aware of the escalating, sometimes debilitating costs involved when caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease."

During her more than twenty years of research and education in Eldercare, Judie has come to refer to Alzheimer’s (AD) as a family disease.

"The impact of AD is felt by every member of the family," explains Judie. "If Grandma has AD, Mom may have to reduce her work hours in order to care for her mother. That reduced income can change the way of life for the entire family."

One of the little-known and rarely talked-about facts of eldercare is that the majority (estimated at 70%) of care comes from unpaid family members. Many caregivers are the adult children of those suffering from AD.

Frequently, the primary caregiver is working a full time job, managing a family, and sometimes even sacrificing his or her own health in order to care for the AD loved one.

"Sadly, AD shows no signs of slowing," reports Judie. Studies show that from 2000-2008 death rates for heart disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, stroke, HIV/AIDS declined but deaths from Alzheimer’s disease increased 66%.

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