Alzheimer’s Help Comes Via Comic Relief!
You could call it the double whammy. Research released earlier this year from the Alzheimer’s Association revealed that women are at the “epicenter of Alzheimer’s disease” in more ways than one.
The report finds that while women age 65 and older are almost twice as likely as senior men to develop the disease, they also are 2.5 times more likely than men to provide full-time care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s disease is sure to have far-reaching effects throughout the world as the population continues to age. In fact, nearly two-thirds of Americans â both men and women â have had personal experience with someone with Alzheimer’s disease and/or a serious memory loss problem, according to a Marist Poll conducted for Home Instead Senior Care®.
The strain of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease should never be underestimated. Alzheimer’s family caregivers sometimes feel as though they must handle the load of caregiving on their own. If you’re a family caregiver, you may be feeling the stress as well.
The consequences of trying to take on too much without asking for help could be devastating.
In fact, research conducted for the Home Instead Senior Care network reveals that caregivers who try to hide their emotions are 2.3 times more likely than other caregivers to have experienced depression since becoming a caregiver.
If this all sounds like you, consider how to get a helping hand from family, friends and professional caregivers. Others want to help. That’s why Home Instead Senior Care has partnered with Hilarity for Charity to establish the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Relief Grant Program. The program awards grants for free Alzheimer’s care services to families providing care to a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia.
The Alzheimer’s care grants will be awarded in the U.S. and Canada as determined by the Hilarity for Charity Advisory Board. Hilarity for Charity was started by comedian Seth Rogen and his wife, Lauren Miller Rogen, whose mother has early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Rogen’s comedy events help raise funds for Alzheimer’s research and respite.
Although the program is North American in scope, it’s one way that Home Instead franchise owners can give back to their communities. Services will be provided by local CAREGivers throughout the U.S. and Canada who are trained to deal with the behavioral symptoms and special challenges of Alzheimer’s disease. These CAREGivers are just around the corner, in your own neighborhood!
What’s more, CAREGivers have completed the Home Instead Senior Care® network’s person-centered approach to Alzheimer’s care http://www.helpforalzheimersfamilies.com/alzheimers-dementia-care-services/alzheimer-care-services/. This approach can help seniors cope with the challenges often associated with Alzheimer’s while enabling them to continue doing what they can on their own in the comfort of home. Home Instead’s unique Alzheimer’s and other dementia training program was developed as part of its CARE: Changing Aging through Research and EducationSM program. This expert-endorsed program equips Home Instead CAREGivers of Santa Clarita to provide the highest quality of customized care.
Most important, the support of CAREGivers can help those with a dementia illness continue to enjoy favorite activities and the pleasures of life for as long as possible. Quite simply, participating in favorite activities remains one of the best non-medical treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.
To be considered for an Alzheimer’s care grant, fill out and submit a grant application . Don’t suffer in silence, or alone. Help is on the way!
For more information, contact Home Instead Senior Care Santa Clarita and Antelope Valley at (661) 254-8701 or Ask us a question about Senior Alzheimer’s Care.