Despite Alzheimer's being a serious problem, up until now much of the medical efforts have been toward treating the condition. Unfortunately, while some medications may address some of the symptoms of the disease, none have proven effective in slowing its progression. Now, according to an article from Newsweek, some researchers have shifted their focus from treating the disease to preventing it.
There is one detail that is absolutely necessary for proper nursing home planning, and that is the actual cost of staying in a nursing home. Unfortunately, this is both a high cost and a frequently underestimated cost. Thankfully, there is data available that comes in handy when planning for a future in a nursing home.
Many people in need of nursing home care simply do not apply for Medicaid because they think they are ineligible. They think that Medicaid is only for poor people and they do not understand that Medicaid may actually provide them with coverage.
There is a misconception that Alzheimer's is untreatable. While a cure has not yet been developed, there are medications and other treatment strategies that may help a person stay independent for a while longer and relieve some of the symptoms of the disease. The sooner you recognize the warning signs, the sooner you can get treatment and take steps to protect yourself or your loved one.
One of the biggest misconceptions about Medicaid is that it is only available to poor people. That is simply not true. Congress has changed Medicaid so that the program now benefits the middle class as well.