Caregiving is “a high-stress role that can take a toll on a person’s health,” said Dr. Kim DeRoche. Caregiver Assurance offers telephonic, online and in-person support resources.
Minnesota’s age-adjusted Alzheimer’s death rate rose from 21.1 per 100,000 people in 1999 to 24.2 in 2014 — a 14.5 percent increase.
The analysis also found that the death risk differences were stronger among men.
Experts estimate that 70 percent of today’s middle-aged adults will need some level of long-term health-care services after age 65.
To understand more about this caregiver issue, MinnPost spoke with Susan Reinhard, the senior vice president of the AARP’s Public Policy Institute.
Susan Allen Toth writes with honesty, (sometimes dark) humor and compassion about the intense physical and emotional demands of caring for her beloved husband as he died.