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Cost of caring for Alzheimer's patients soars

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WAUSAU (WAOW)- The cost of Alzheimer's care in the United States is expected to be a staggering 236 billion dollars in 2016.

   As the cost of care skyrockets -- a new report finds many families would be unprepared financially if a loved one were to be diagnosed.

   As a result,  a disturbing pattern is emerging -- of people sacrificing food, college educations, and their own medical care to pay for someone's Alzheimer's treatment.

   The Alzheimer's Association surveyed 3500  adults who provide care or money to someone suffering with the disease.

    Researchers found 30% of those in the study thought they had purchased long term health insurance -- but in reality only 3% had what they needed.

    Alzheimer's Association spokespeople also say there's a sense people think medicare will handle the care -- when it reality federal assistance is highly limited.

   Experts say there are some things people who are caring for a patient can do -- such as educate themselves about resources in their community.

   The organization suggests searching for adult day care centers, meals on wheels programs or homemaker services from the department of aging.

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