Thank you for front-page coverage of soaring elder care costs (TCH, “More Families Face Difficult Decisions,” July 21). Many readers said a short prayer that they will escape this catastrophic problem.
Get your head out of the sand! Everyone will be affected! The Baby Boom generation is reaching age 65-plus where Alzheimer’s disease soars. Alzheimer’s Association states long-term care Medicaid costs will rise from $105 billion now to more than $600 billion very soon without a cure. Meanwhile, the federal research budget is pathetic.
I also want to put a local face on this AP story. My wife, Arlene, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2013. After caring for her a year at home, she is now is a full-time resident in a Richland dementia care home.
Arlene’s uncles were Howard Amon, who founded Richland, and Alfred Amon, previous mayor of Kennewick. Arlene was a registered nurse who served the Tri-Cities at Lourdes Hospital, CBC Nursing, Carondolet Psychiatric Hospital , La Clinica, and more.
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Now, she has lost all those memories to me, her grandchildren and Tri-Cities’ history.
I hope all will support expanded research to find the cause and cure for Alzheimer’s. It affects us all.