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Health and insurance considerations when Alzheimer’s strikes

Posted by Scott Stueber on Nov 12, 2019 9:32:40 AM

Alzheimers and insuranceDid you know that November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month? In 1983, president Ronald Reagan created this important observance which is still recognized today.

If you have family members or friends who’ve suffered from this disease you’ve seen the devastation it has on them. Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that affects more than five million people.

Unfortunately, there are no medications or cures. However, there are treatments that can slow down its progression.

Risk Factors

There are a variety of risk factors that may contribute to the disease.

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

The disease causes memory, thinking, and behavioral problems which can make daily life difficult.

Stages of Alzheimer’s

The progression of Alzheimer’s varies but gets worse with time.

Insurance Coverage

Nick, senior Personal Lines underwriter, has experienced the impacts of the disease firsthand. His grandfather Don has been in an assisted living facility for many years. When Nick’s family came to the realization that Don needed additional care, they had so many difficult questions, including:

Where should they move him?

What kind of facility is most appropriate?

What is the quality of care?

Could Don afford to be there?

Even after they found the appropriate facility for Don, many questions remained. Now, they were around Don’s insurance needs. Because his condo and car were sold, he no longer needed insurance coverage for them. However, he still needed personal property coverage for the personal items in his apartment and liability insurance so he could move freely around the facility.

To get the appropriate coverage for Don, his family purchased the “Assisted Living Care” endorsement from his daughter’s Home and Highway® policy. This endorsement provided liability coverage and up to $15,000 in contents coverage, which was perfect for his possessions. The endorsement also gave extra coverage for items like a wheelchair, dentures, and eyeglasses.

No one should travel this road alone. If you need help or support regarding Alzheimer’s disease, click here. If you have questions about insurance coverage, contact your insurance agent.

Sources:

https://www.seniorliving.org/memory-care/alzheimers/awareness/

https://www.alz.org/

 

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