We are hearing many things from the Presidential candidates, both good and bad. However, whether you are a Democrat, Republican, or Independent, the one important topic that is not being debated is how an increasing elderly US population will pay for future long-term care expenses. This is one of the most important public policy issues facing our country. Yet, politicians are afraid to talk about the issue.
Health care costs associated with caring for those with dementia are soaring. Dementia related costs are now higher than costs associated with both cancer and heart disease. Studies have shown that both the costs and the number of people with dementia will more than double within 30 years, skyrocketing at a rate that rarely occurs with a chronic disease. However, our Presidential candidates from both parties have been silent on the issue.
Unless we, as a nation, are willing to make the issues related to dementia a priority, it will remain off of the nation’s radar. We do not need an Ebola czar, we need a dementia czar. Below is an article about the pending dementia crisis.