The Curse of Alzheimer's Diagnosis - Aaron Skloff, AIF, CFA, MBA - CEO Skloff Financial Group
May 22, 2012 – HEALTH JOURNAL By Melinda Beck The Curse of a Diagnosis Is Early Detection Useful If a Disease Has No Cure? An Alzheimers DilemmaIf you were in the early stages of Alzheimers disease, would you want to know?That question will haunt a growing number of people and their families as scientists devisemore ways to diagnose the degenerative brain disease before it causes severe symptoms, butstill cant prevent or cure it.Linda Dangaard underwent a spinal-tap test last year confirming suspicions of earlyAlzheimers disease at age 56. Allowing his wife to be tested "was the biggest mistake of mylife," says Colin Dangaard, age 70.Mr. Dangaard disputes that his wife is significantly impaired and says the diagnosis has donemore damage than the disease. "Sure, she cant do the complicated ordering that she used todo in our business, but there are lots of other things she does very well," he says.Comments May 22, 2012Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia devastate the patient and their loved ones, asthey may require 24 hours of care and supervision. According to the Alzheimer’s Association,of the 5.4 million Americans that have Alzheimer’s disease, 200,000 had younger-onset (64
years of age and younger) Alzheimer’s. A staggering one in eight people aged 65 and older(13%) have Alzheimer’s disease.The care for Alzheimers disease may start in your home in small increments; such as an hour ortwo in the morning or evening. As the disease progresses care may remain in your home, butextend to waking hours. Some people afflicted with the disease require 24 hour care, as theywake-up and wander throughout the night.Fortunately, many long term care insurance polices will pay for your care if you have a severecognitive impairment, such as: dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, short or long term memory lossor poor judgment of safe or unsafe situations. Additionally, many long term care insurancepolicies will pay for your care in your home and an assisted living facility or nursing facility.Learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and long term care insurance at:www.skloff.com/services-ltci.htmAaron Skloff, AIF, CFA, MBACEO – Skloff Financial GroupAaron Skloff, Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA),Master of Business Administration (MBA), is the Chief Executive Officer of Skloff FinancialGroup, a NJ based Registered Investment Advisory firm. The firm specializes in financialplanning and investment management services for high net worth individuals and benefits forsmall to middle sized companies. He can be contacted at www.skloff.com or 908-464-3060.