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Alzheimer's Awareness: Dementia Caregiver Information

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Our team has long participated in supporting the Alzheimer’s Association and helping to spread awareness about the disease and its impact. Please join us in recognizing and participating in the upcoming Alzheimer’s Association’s “The Longest Day”. We’ll have more news throughout June and you can sign up for our newsletter to get the latest information every month.

On June 21st the Alzheimer’s Association celebrates The Longest Day. On this day, teams around the world come together to honor the strength, passion and endurance of those facing Alzheimer’s with a day of activity. Held on the summer solstice, June 21, 2014, this event calls on participants to raise funds and awareness to advance the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association (information from www.alz.org).

This day is the highlight of Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, during which the Alzheimer’s Association spreads global awareness of their vision of a world without Alzheimer’s disease. We encourage everyone to wear purple on June 21st in recognition of Alzheimer’s Awareness. You can also join the many individuals and teams who are participating in activities and raising funds that day (click here to learn more).

Here are a few facts you might not have known about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias:

  • Over 44 million people worldwide have dementia (expected to jump to 76 million by 2030).
  • The worldwide costs associated with Alzheimer’s disease per year are $604 billion.
  • 15.5 million American caregivers provided an estimated 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care in 2013, valued at $220 billion.

For a concise overview to understand what Alzheimer’s disease is and definitions of the various terms, visit our dementia overview page.

Alzheimer’s care brings special challenges for families. Many times, individuals live with the disease for many years with escalating care needs. The disease is signified by memory loss and decreased cognitive functioning, but can also result in behavior problems and concerns such as wandering. Eventually, the person with Alzheimer’s loses more and more functioning and may have difficulty with even the most basic tasks.

You can check out (and share!) several free resources we offer such as a recommended dementia reading list for families, an Alzheimer’s quiz and fact sheet, and tips for caregivers. We write about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care regularly on our blog too and we’d love to hear from you if there is a topic you’d like to see covered. Our Senior Care Consultant, Sue Talbott, provides a free consultation for families who have care concerns, no matter what stage of Alzheimer’s they are dealing with, from pre-diagnosis to late-stage disease. Contact us at 727-447-5845 to set up a time to talk or meet.

Our team is also gearing up for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s this fall. Check out the Pinellas County Alzheimer’s Walk website and consider joining us (or find a local walk in your area at www.alz.org).

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