There are 6.2 million people living with Alzheimer’s disease in the U.S. alone, making it the fifth leading cause of death in the country. That’s roughly 1 in 9 people over age 65. That number is estimated to go up due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, these stats mean that many of us likely know someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s and may even have a family history of cognitive-related conditions.
As a large portion of the U.S. population grows older and life expectancy continues to increase, many caregivers in their 40s and 50s are finding themselves a part of the “sandwich” generation, or those who are often caring for both their children and their aging parents.
Learn about two common senior living types—assisting living and memory care—and how to determine the best care for your elderly parent or spouse.