Dr. Alois Alzheimer, a German psychiatrist, discovered Alzheimer's disease in 1907. He noticed that a female patient slowly lost her memory and ability to think and talk and that she developed judgment problems. After her death, he viewed her brain through a microscope and noticed abnormal growths, which he called plaques and tangles, in parts of her brain. These changes occur in the brain of everyone with Alzheimer's disease.
Caring for an individual with Alzheimer’s or other form of dementia can be very expensive. Fortunately, there are many federal programs that offer financial assistance and nearly all states provide some level of help. Additionally, there are programs for veterans, non-profit assistance and even loans intended to help families afford the cost of care.
The challenge lies in locating these programs and determining one’s eligibility. The American Elder Care Research Organization has created a free Search Tool that assists families in finding the programs relevant to them. Use the Eldercare Financial Assistance Search Tool here.
The organization has also written an in-depth article about paying for Alzheimer’s / dementia care as well as paying for dementia care resulting from Parkinson’s disease .