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The 10 Best States for People with Alzheimer's Disease

The 10 Best States for People with Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer’s affects everyone differently, but one constant is that their symptoms will worsen over time. Eventually, patient will need to be provided care 24-hours a day. Like anything, some states offer better care than others, which is why considering moving to that state might be an option.

These are the 10 best states that families affected by Alzheimer's should consider:

1. Utah

The first state on the list is Utah with its access to high-quality and affordable healthcare. A premier medical school, University of Utah Medical School, the Huntsman Cancer Institute and many state-or-the-art eye clinics provide the care a senior craves. 

Utah houses the University of Utah Center for Alzheimer’s Care Imaging and Research where patients and caregivers will find the most comprehensive treatment, research and education resources for Alzheimer’s in the Intermountain West.

Throw in the spectacular scenery from the rugged mountains of Salt Lake to the warm and red-rock views in St. George, there is something for everyone.

2. Iowa

Iowa has the famed heartland hospitality of its inhabitants and has access to high-quality senior care options. The cost of living in Iowa is among the lowest in the nation. Your loved one can find a private one-bedroom in an assisted living community for around $42,210 per year. This is more than $1,000 less than the national average. 

The Health and Resilience Outreach or Hero Project is unique to Alzheimer’s patients in Iowa. The goal is to help caregivers stay healthy by providing support and resources on a consistent basis. The cost of health care for those with Alzheimer’s is reduced by access to home and community services.

3. South Carolina

South Carolina is reputed to have incredible places for historic sightseeing as well as awesome summer vacation spots for seniors. The cost of living is very affordable for elder adults. Assisted living is approximately $36,000 per year and home health aides cost about $42,000 a year. This is $4,000 less expensive than the national average. 

Add in the fact that South Carolina residents are polite and caring,  you have a win-win situation for your loved one. South Carolina also offers an Alzheimer’s Caregiver Respite Program. This program provides financial assistance to caregivers who need a break.

Short-term care through in-home care agencies, temporary residential care, and adult short-term residential care is available. Contact 800-272-3900 for more information. The care through this program is reputed to be excellent.

4. Washington 

Washington State can be a retiree’s dream. Washington has quite a bit to offer seniors from the incredible scenery to the quality of life and healthcare. Washington State is a bit expensive for seniors, but the healthcare for those with Alzheimer’s makes up for the cost of living.

Washington has a state plan to address Alzheimer’s Disease. The plan identifies strategies, recommendations and goals. The Dementia Action Collaborative is an alliance of private and public partners dedicated to organizing Washington State for the expanding population of those with Alzheimer’s. The Dementia Action Collaborative offers resources to raise awareness of this disease, a Safety Info Kit, and they partner with others to provide resources for caregivers to enhance the quality of care.

To learn the other 6 states that best care for people with Alzheimer's disease, read on.