In Ohio, resources necessary to furnish satisfactory care to individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease are few and far between. Despite the fact that the Buckeye State is home to the sixth-largest population of Alzheimer’s sufferers in the nation, its current supply of resources is not commensurate with the magnitude of the problem.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive neurological disorder characterized by memory loss, cognitive decline, and behavior changes. The National Institute on Aging estimates that as many as 5.5 million Americans are living with the condition and that the prevalence of Alzheimer’s is likely to double in the next 30 years.
Ohio’s inadequate resources to help those living with Alzheimer’s are a source of consternation. The state has a paucity of caregivers who are versed in the particulars of the condition, leaving many individuals with little to no access to specialized care. Although the state has recently taken steps to bolster its supply of professional caregivers, the current level of resources is still insufficient.
Moreover, Ohio’s Medicaid program does not cover many of the services that are necessary for individuals with Alzheimer’s, such as adult day care and respite care. This renders those with Alzheimer’s unable to access the services they need. Furthermore, the state lacks sufficient funding to provide assistance to family caregivers, who are often the sole source of support for those living with the condition.
The lack of adequate resources for Alzheimer’s care in Ohio is a disquieting reality. Without access to specialized care and services, individuals with Alzheimer’s and their families are left to grapple with the condition alone. This is a disservice to those living with the disease and their families, who deserve access to the care and support they need.
It is incumbent upon the state to address this issue and ensure that individuals with Alzheimer’s have the necessary resources to receive the care they deserve.