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Eldercare Lessons from the Land of the Incas: Part 2

Eldercare Lessons from the Land of the Incas: Part 1

BarbaraDrakeAndJohnDrake2012Elder care in America is expensive, with Alzheimer’s topping the charts. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than half of Alzheimer’s caregivers are cutting back on everyday necessities in order to cover the cost of Alzheimer’s care. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) website carried an article published in the Health Tidbits section of the Journal of the National Medical Association that says: “Patients in most nursing homes are not receiving proper care due to a shortage of workers.” This is not to say that many U.S. nursing homes aren’t superb, but it is true that care is extremely expensive and in far too many cases, less than optimum in quality.

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Yes, it's more humane and cost-saving. A win-win for everyone.

I'm glad you enjoyed learning about our saga. I had no "road map" to go by as far as doing eldercare outside of the U.S. Maybe our experience can help others.

Thanks again for all your support!


I agree, Barbara! The U.S. could learn so much from this model. There had been some traction in that direction because it's better for many elders (aging-in-place), but also because, in the long run, providing services in the home is far less costly than nursing homes. Sadly, I don't see even the small progress made as something that is being recognized at this time. Hopefully, one day, we'll catch up to some of these countries that recognize this humane choice as cost saving as well.

Your story was fascinating to me! I'm certain many others will follow to your blog.

Thank you, Carol, for sharing our experience with eldercare in Peru. Lima, the capital city where we lived, has a very large number of health aides who are licensed to work in the home. As a result, many elders, even those with Alzheimer's, age in place.

I believe that the United States could adapt this model by training more healthcare workers and allotting more money through Medicare to pay for home healthcare services for seniors.

Anyone who's interested in learning more, please visit A Peruvian Alzheimer's Adventure,

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