National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month: You’re Not Alone
November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. There’s nothing scarier to an aging individual than slowly being locked away inside your own mind. Unfortunately, the nightmare of Alzheimer’s Disease or some form of dementia becomes a harsh reality for millions of Americans every year. That diagnosis takes a significant toll on everyone involved including family, friends, and family caregivers who support their loved ones.
But with the correct support and resources the toll that Alzheimer’s and dementia exact can be minimized. November was designated National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month to call attention this all-too-common affliction and shine light on resources available to patients and their family members so they can live their best life possible.
We here at Second Family Home Care know how difficult caring for an individual with Alzheimer’s or dementia can be. We specialize in providing the type of non-medical home care that these individuals need. We see it as our duty to take some of the burden from family caregivers so they can live their lives as well.
Hard Facts About Alzheimer’s Disease
The Texas Department of State Health Services reports that 1 in 9 people 65 years old or older is living with Alzheimer’s Disease. Altogether over 5 million Americans (including roughly 200,000 under the age of 65) suffer. By 2025 that number is expected to increase by 40% to 7.1 million Americans.
Here in Texas there are currently an estimated 340,000 individuals battling Alzheimer’s. By 2024 that number is expected to reach nearly 500,000.
While billions of dollars have been spent on research, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. However, designing a complete care program consisting of medical treatment, behavioral therapy, at-home care, and even dietary changes can help afflicted individuals live their best life possible for as long as they can.
The Toll of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia on Caregivers
Alz.org, the official website of the Alzheimer’s Association, says that in 2014 friends and family members of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients provided 17.9 billion hours of patient care nationwide—1.5 billion of which was given here in Texas. Unfortunately, that level of care takes a significant toll on the family caregiver—34% of whom are 65 or older themselves.
Stress, depression, exhaustion, and mood swings can dramatically affect not only the quality of life that caregivers live but also the quality of care they can give to their loved ones.
- Roughly 40% of family caregivers suffer from depression.
- Nearly 60% report their stress levels as being “high” or “very high.”
- Stress can have an adverse effect on physical health, increasing the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and more.
- Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s can add $5,000 per year to their own medical expenses.
For resources that can help you cope with caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, visit the Alzheimer’s Association website.
Second Family Home Care Can Help
Sometimes no matter how much you love someone you need a little help, and you need to know that there is support available for you and your loved one. Second Family Home Care provides high-quality non-medical home care in Plano, Dallas, and the surrounding areas. Our trustworthy caregivers have extensive experience, training, as well as a great passion and desire to work with Alzheimer’s and dementia clients. Through the services we can provide for you and your loved one we truly want to be your “Second Family.”
If you’re looking for a helping hand, please contact us or call (972) 347-0700 today.
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