Whatever projections exist for long term healthcare costs, unless we get on top of the Alzheimer's crisis, those projections are likely to be way understated. Due to the near perfect correlation between aging and Alzheimer's, the longevity miracle of the 20th century is yielding a health crisis for the 21st.
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia can be a sad, lonely and often frustrating struggle. It could be Mom or Dad, or a grandparent or beloved uncle, who begins to lose his or her grip on the world. They may speak and act strangely, forget familiar names and people, wander or get lost, regress to their childhood, or withdraw fully into themselves.