New educational program offers tips for managing the finances for someone living with a chronic illness
The Alzheimer’s Association in North Carolina is launching a brand new educational program to offer tips for individuals managing the finances of those with a chronic illness who are under their care. The program will be offered regularly beginning with the inaugural event taking place on Tuesday, March 29.
“Money Management: A Caregiver’s Guide to Finances” offer tips for managing someone else’s finances, how to prepare for future care costs and the benefits of early planning.
This program, created in part by a grant from U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, has been designed to offer guidance for caregivers of all individuals living with a chronic illness, but will specifically address financial needs related to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
“Creating a plan for the future in the early stage of a diagnosis of dementia can be empowering to the individual living with the disease and ensure their wishes are met,” said Katherine L. Lambert, Regional Leader for Alzheimer’s Association in GA, NC & SC. “This new program was created with the knowledge that the sooner financial plans are established, the better prepared individuals living with the disease and their caregivers will be.”
While the inaugural program is being held via webinar, it will be offered in-person or virtually beginning in April. These programs will be open to the general public. There is no charge to participate, but registration is required. Attendees of virtual programs can attend via video/webinar or through a toll-free number.
To sign up for the March 29 program:
Tuesday, March 29, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
The costs of health care and long-term care for individuals living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias are substantial, and dementia is one of the costliest conditions to society.
In 2021, Alzheimer’s and other dementias were estimated to cost the nation $355 billion, including $239 billion in Medicare and Medicaid payments combined. Unless a treatment to slow, stop or prevent the disease is developed, in 2050, Alzheimer’s is projected to cost more than $1.1 trillion (in 2021 dollars). This dramatic rise includes more than three-fold increases both in government spending under Medicare and Medicaid and in out-of-pocket spending.
- People living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias have twice as many hospital stays per year as other older people.
- Medicare beneficiaries with Alzheimer’s or other dementias are more likely than those without dementia to have other chronic conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and kidney disease.
- Older people living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias have more skilled nursing facility stays and home health care visits per year than other older people.
- People living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias make up a large proportion of all elderly people who receive adult day services and nursing home care.