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Long Term Care - Please Help!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 16, 2007
  • 05:24 PM

Hello all,

My name is Karla Johnson and I am a 67 year old woman from Texas (yeehaw!). Here is my situation, I hope someone has advice for me as I really need it!

I have self diagnosed myself with the early stages of alzheimer's disease. My mother got it as well and I went through the whole process from start to current day (she is in now in a nursing home). Anyways, I was able to find a website that guided me through the application process for in my state and now that I have the quote back for how much it is going to cost me, I don't know if I can afford it! I have looked everywhere and it seems the quote I got back from them was one of the lowest so that is not the problem, it is just that I have been out of work for quite some time and my husband is long passed away. My funds are running out and I am not sure where to turn next. I fear that I will become a financial burden to my family if I can not afford to pay for this insurance which I think I will very desperately need soon.

Does anyone have any suggestions as where I may seek state or government funding for my payments? Any information would be greatly appreciated as I am losing my mind day by day over this (literally!). Thank you!

-Old Grammy

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  • Please have your doctor check you for underlying vitamin B12 deficiency which can mimic dementia--- and can become permanent if not treated early. B12 deficiency causes forgetfulness, foggy thinking, confusion, depression, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, paresthesias, gait and balance problems. Your doctor needs to order the following three tests:serum B12, methylmalonic acid, and homocysteine.You would hate to assume you have an untreatable dementia---when your dementia may be caused by a true medical disorder.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 27, 2007
    • 03:13 AM
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  • Hello all,My name is Karla Johnson and I am a 67 year old woman from Texas (yeehaw!). Here is my situation, I hope someone has advice for me as I really need it!I have self diagnosed myself with the early stages of alzheimer's disease. My mother got it as well and I went through the whole process from start to current day (she is in now in a nursing home). Anyways, I was able to find a website that guided me through the application process for in my state and now that I have the quote back for how much it is going to cost me, I don't know if I can afford it! I have looked everywhere and it seems the quote I got back from them was one of the lowest so that is not the problem, it is just that I have been out of work for quite some time and my husband is long passed away. My funds are running out and I am not sure where to turn next. I fear that I will become a financial burden to my family if I can not afford to pay for this insurance which I think I will very desperately need soon.Does anyone have any suggestions as where I may seek state or government funding for my payments? Any information would be greatly appreciated as I am losing my mind day by day over this (literally!). Thank you!-Old GrammyHi Old Grammy!You may want to read this article about long term care insurance for women http://www.completelongtermcare.com/resources/women.aspxTry to consult your local insurance company to know more about LTC insurance. You could try Medicare, but they require you to have maximum assets of $2000 before qualifying for coverage. If all else fail, ask help from your children or relatives. Your children should provide you emotional support if they cant help you financially
    liloandstitch 1 Replies
    • August 27, 2010
    • 04:39 AM
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