Alzheimer’s is a Disease for the Elderly, Right?

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What do you really know about Alzheimer’s disease? Many people associate it as a disease the elderly face. While the elderly are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s, it can happen at any age. The average age of onset is 75. Does that mean everyone is 75 or older when they learn they have Alzheimer’s? No. There are many younger people being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s.

Elderly Care Crestline OH - Alzheimer's is a Disease for the Elderly, Right?

Elderly Care Crestline OH – Alzheimer’s is a Disease for the Elderly, Right?

What is Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease?

Early-onset Alzheimer’s is diagnosed as Alzheimer’s that starts before the age of 65. While it’s not common in people in their 20’s, there have been cases. According to a study, the odds of getting Alzheimer’s before the age of 65 are as high as:

  • 20 out of 100,000 in those aged 25 to 29
  • 21 out of 100,000 in those aged 30 to 39
  • 94 out of 100,000 in those aged 40 to 49
  • 214.5 out of 100,000 in those aged 50 to 59
  • 700 out of 100,000 in those aged 60 to 64

 

At the age of 30, a British man was enjoying the birth of his twins. All was looking well until he lost his job because his bosses said his work was not up to par. A trip to the doctors led to the news that he had Alzheimer’s. His dad had also had Alzheimer’s in his 30’s and passed away at a young age.

There Are No Guarantees

When a parent is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it’s important to make care plans as early as possible. You need to sit down with your parent to get legal paperwork in place that says what your mom or dad would want in terms of feeding tubes, breathing tubes, or resuscitation if the heart stops. You should have a medical power of attorney drawn up.

You also need to talk about home care services. Family members may have the best of intentions, but caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s is incredibly hard. It’s frustrating, sad, and emotionally challenging. You will need breaks. Elderly care services help give you the break you need to recharge mentally and physically.

There’s one more thing you need to consider. If early-onset Alzheimer’s is diagnosed, you’re likely still going to be in school or working to build your retirement. If you drop everything to provide the care your parent needs, you could be putting your own retirement at risk.

If you’re not saving any money for retirement, are you really prepared to work for the rest of your life? Elderly care services allow you to be there for your parents without sacrificing your future. Call us now to discuss Alzheimer’s care.

Sources:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4619185/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3715758/

If you are considering Elderly Care Services in Crestline OH, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.
About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.