Caregivers are you Nourishing your Mind, Body & Spirit?

May 1, 2014

Taking care of an aging parent, spouse or relative can be physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually exhausting. Often time’s caregiving comes without a warning; most caregivers are thrown reluctantly into that role. In turn, caregivers often operate in "crisis mode," juggling numerous responsibilities--from scheduling medical appointments to preparing meals to even leaving their own families to provide care. There is no magic formula for becoming a caregiver. Each experience is unpredictable, ever changing and unique. Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias? Some quick facts and figures from the Alzheimer’s Association:

  • Currently there are 5.4 millions of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease

  • In Walworth County there are over 2000 persons living with A/D or related dementias

  • There are more than 15 million caregivers of people with A/D and related dementias

  • In 2012, Caregivers provided over 17 billion hours of unpaid care valued at more than

  • $216 Billion

  • Out of pocket expenses for long-distance caregivers are nearly twice as much as local

  • caregivers

  • In 2013, A/D will cost the nation $203 billion. This number is expected to rise to 1.2

  • trillion by 2050

  • Someone develops Alzheimer’s every 68 seconds

  • Some symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease or neurological changes in the brain: Confusion

  • with time or place, misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps, new problems with

  • word finding, speaking or writing.

  • If you notice:

  • Challenges in planning or solving problems

  • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships

  • Decreased or poor judgment

  • Withdrawal from work or social activities

  • Change in mood and personality

 

See your doctor, psychiatrist, neurologist, psychologists or physician who has training in memory care

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