Alzheimer’s Costs

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The Obama Administration announced Tuesday that it would increase funding for Alzheimer’s disease research by 2013. Continue reading

The Obama Administration announced Tuesday that it would increase funding for Alzheimer’s disease research by 2013. With this funding, about $26 million dollars will be saved for the support of caregivers.

Charlotte Mann’s mother-in-law lives at Courtyard at Jamestown Assisted Living in Provo. Mann says she hopes the federal funding will help with the costs of care.

“To have to worry about the money and possibly having her come back into your home. Those are real concerns when you’re trying to raise a family and grandkids of your own,” Mann says.

A 2011 report from the Alzheimer’s Association shows that more than 32,000 people live with the disease in the state of Utah. The report also says that although there are a variety of resources to pay for services like 24-hour care, patients and their families still pay high,
out-of-pocket costs.

Those who work at Courtyard at Jamestown hope funding will provide families with better resources. Marketing Director MindyHill hopes programs will be available for use.

“We’re hoping that we’ll see a benefit come family-direct too, not only just for the research and prevention, but what kind of programs and implement with some of that money,” Hill says.

Even though thousands of people like Mann deal with the affects of Alzheimer’s in their family members, caregivers say they hope the funding will lead to a cure. The 2013 budget plan will include $80 million dollars for Alzheimer’s research, and campaigns to help people to better understand the disease.

Hayley Shauklas

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