Houston Senior Care Providers Respond to Impending Alzheimer’s Surge

It can be frightening to imagine an elderly parent or loved one succumbing to a degenerative disorder such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. The loss of one’s cognitive functions can impact not only the affected individual’s quality of life but also that of the individual’s family. The consequent financial costs and emotional toll can prove rather great, as not everyone may be fully prepared to shoulder these burdens when the time comes.


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Meanwhile, an article on the website of the Assisted Living Federation of America cautions that dementia may soon become a “worldwide epidemic” that will require greater attention.

The Global Impact of Dementia 2013-2050 policy brief released ahead of the G8 Dementia Summit in London Dec. 11 reveals that the number of people living with dementia worldwide in 2013 is now estimated at 44 million, reaching 76 million in 2030 and 135 million by 2050. The U.K.-based group’s 2010 estimate of Alzheimer’s worldwide was 35 million…

…The World Alzheimer Report 2013 Journey of Caring: An analysis of long-term care for dementia says that the system of informal care by family, friends and community will require “much greater” support.

Worldwide, 13% of people age 60 and over require long-term care, it revealed. Additionally, between 2010 and 2050, the total number of older people with care needs will almost triple from 101 million to 277 million.

Such a trend is not entirely surprising, as the Administration on Aging estimates that people aged 65 and above will comprise about 19 percent of the American population by 2030.

An elderly person suffering from dementia deserves utmost respect and understanding. Since dementia affects each person differently, patients need the kind of personalized care that takes into account their capabilities and limitations. These days, quality in-home senior care in Houston, TX affords each patient a greater degree of independence and dignity.

Families can turn to a trusted Houston senior care provider such as Comfort Keepers® for non-medical senior care services right in their own homes. Professional and highly trained caregivers can take care of tasks like meal preparation, personal care, a bit of housekeeping, and even 24/7 companionship. These senior care professionals keep patients with dementia mentally and socially engaged through regular interaction as well as various activities.

As the world confronts the reality of an aging population, senior care providers like Comfort Keepers® will continue to fulfill an essential service to society.

(Article Info and Image from Alzheimer’s Surges Around the Globe, Assisted Living Federation of America, 10 December 2013)

About D. Flenaugh

Demetrius Flenaugh is a 20 year U.S. Army Veteran and is experienced and highly qualified in addressing the home health care needs and concerns of seniors. His passion for helping others led him to volunteer with various organizations throughout his military career.
After spending the better part of the last 20 years moving from one assignment to another, he decided that moving to Sugar Land, TX provided an excellent opportunity to grow his family and serve his community. His dedication to providing quality, in-home care enables him to have a direct impact on enhancing the quality of life of seniors and other adults who need assistance with the activities of daily living.
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