Long Term Care Insurance Report Examines Alzheimer's Cost

Alzheimer's disease is the leading long term care insurance claim for benefits with one out of eight Americans living with the disease.
Alzheimer's is top cause of long term care insurance claims
Alzheimer's is top cause of long term care insurance claims
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Dec. 20, 2012 - PRLog -- Los Angeles, CA - December 20, 2012   Some 5.4 million Americans who are 65 and older, or one out of every eight adults, currently live with Alzheimer's disease according to data from the Alzheimer's Association.

The organization reports that some 15 million individuals provide unpaid care to persons with Alzheimer's as well as other forms of dementia.  The cost of this care is valued at $120 billion per-year.

Experts admit that memory care has quickly become one of the fastest growing segments of senior care options.    They note that in general, memory care costs are higher than other types of senior care.

Some eight million Americans currently own long term care insurance http://www.aaltci.org/long-term-care-insurance protection that will pay qualifying costs associated with care for someone suffering from Alzheimer's.

"The nation's long term care insurers paid out $6.6 billion last year to some 200,000 individuals," reports Jesse Slome, director of the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance.  "Alzheimer's is the leading case of claims for those needing nursing home or assisted living care."  The organization issued a mini-report sharing data related to the condition.

Insurance is becoming a more viable option but Slome warns that many make the mistake of waiting too long to investigate the option.  "You must health qualify and the best age to start planning is between 55 and 65 before many of the conditions associated with aging start to be diagnosed," he advises.  "That is the sweet spot for looking into this protection and when premiums are comparatively affordable."

Established in 1998 as a non-profit trade group, the Los Angeles, California-based American Association for Long Term Care Insurance advocates for the importance of planning for long term care and supports insurance and financial professionals who market LTC insurance. To learn more about long term care insurance costs http://www.aaltci.org/long-term-care-insurance-costs call the organization’s offices at (818) 597-3227 or visit the Association’s website.
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