Cost of Alzheimer’s Disease to U.S. Latinos Expected to Surge
Alzheimer’s disease will become an increasingly expensive problem for Latinos throughout the United States. The impact will be felt strongly in Los Angeles, which has a large Latino population. According to recent statistics, 47 percent of Los Angeles residents are Latino, which equates to more than 4,600,000 people.
The Number of Latinos Over Age 65 Will Increase Dramatically
While the Latino population in the United States currently skews young, the number of Latinos over 65 is expected to rise dramatically in the near future, an increase projected to occur at a much higher rate than that of non-Latino whites.
As the number of older Latinos in the United States in general and Los Angeles in particular increases, so too will the challenges posed by aging. Alzheimer’s disease, a particularly debilitating disease associated with aging, could increase more than eight-fold among U.S. Latinos over the next 40 years.
Alzheimer’s Disease Is Expected to Cost Latinos More Than Two Trillion Dollars
The costs to the Latino community caused by Alzheimer’s disease will be staggering. A recent study estimates that the cumulative costs for Latino Alzheimer’s patients could reach $2.35 trillion (in today’s dollars) by 2060. That includes direct costs, such as medical care for patients, and indirect costs, such as loss of income for patients and the unpaid care provided by relatives.
Elder Abuse Will Also Rise
Unfortunately, people with Alzheimer’s disease, whether in or out of nursing homes, are often vulnerable to abuse. Because the number of Latinos in Los Angeles afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to grow so substantially over the next few decades, the problem of elder abuse will be something the L.A. Latino community will have to face in greater numbers. These changes will impact the community as a whole as well as individuals and families.
As an individual, you may need to protect a loved one. If you know someone with Alzheimer’s disease who you believe is being abused, be aware that the person has the legal right to not be abused. To talk to an elder abuse attorney in Los Angeles, who will fight to protect your loved one, call the law firm of Garcia, Artigliere, Medby & Faulkner at 1-800-281-8515 today.