The Case of Pat Summitt Shows Different Side of Long Term Care

Posted on September 2nd, 2011 by Em-Power Services

University of Tennessee’s announced this week that their highly regarded Women’s Basketball Coach, Pat Summitt, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. She’s only 59.

Ms. Summitt is a paragon of fitness and sports. Her team has amassed over 1,000 victories and nine national championships. She is now the face of younger people living with Alzheimer’s.

Over 200,000 people in the United States living with Alzheimer’s are under the age of 65. Alzheimer’s is one of the leading diseases requiring long term care support.And one of the most expensive.

When employers think of long term care, they often think of retirement and the elderly. However, long term care needs can begin early from disease as in Ms. Summitt’s case, an auto or sports accident, or another type of diagnosis.

The need for long term care insurance is growing in this country as nursing home and assisted living care costs reach toward $100,000 annually.

Few of us can afford that without wiping out savings, and perhaps even losing our home.

This is why employers need to rethink their benefit portfolio to include long term care insurance option for employees.

With the rapid rise in long term care costs, a need among younger employees, and potential changes to Medicare and Medicaid in Congress, employers will need to fill the gap.

America’s workers are more exposed than ever.

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3 Responses

  1. Carolyn says:

    Kara, congratulations on beankirg the 3 pointer in a season record, held last by Katie Douglas! And it’s awesome how much you have raised by that initiative, for the Pat Summitt Foundation. Congrats, Kara, on a wonderful season with the Connecticut Sun, and for signing on for three more years. We really enjoy watching you play.Linda McIntosh and Marileen Passeck

  2. Josh says:

    Happy Friday! I stopped by to say hello for Follow Friday. I hope you have a fnsiaattc weekend! I’m looking forward to my baby nephew coming over to see his auntie. :) I’m a old follower. :) Danielle

  3. Carlos says:

    Newest follower cimnihg in. I wasn’t a big sports fan until I met my son-to-be-husband and moved to STEELER country. Just can’t avoid them. My family is still a bit confused, but ah well. lol.

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