The Alzheimer’s Association released a new survey last June in conjunction with the start of the Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. To summarize, the Association found that while 91 percent of respondents agreed that “it often takes a village to provide care for someone living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, far too many caregivers are doing it alone.”
In fact 64 percent of caregivers said they felt isolated or alone in their situation and 84 percent wished they had more support with caregiving tasks, especially from other family members. However the number one reason people stated that they did offer help was they felt another person had assumed the responsibilities. Other respondents said they lived too far away to make it practical to assist with daily care.
Ruth Drew, the Director of Family and Information Services for the Alzheimer’s Association, explains that the problem is only going to get worse as life expectancies are getting longer and the number of older Americans is growing. If there is no cure in the next couple of decades, statistics indicate that Alzheimer’s disease will almost triple by 2050 and increase from the 5.5 million afflicted today to 16 million. Ms. Drew added that most families are unprepared and have not planned for the devastating toll this disease can inflict.
Please remember that the Alzheimer’s Association is a great resource and can help people navigate the disease with tools such as a 24/7 helpline, videos, infographics, and guidance on financial and legal planning. Furthermore, families will find tips on long-distance caregiving and care coordination to help families better manage caregiver responsibilities as well as a community resource finder to help connect families with local resources.
At MorningStar at Bear Creek, we feel honored to be able to care for those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases. We offer 48 suites in four floorplans, and our building is designed to provide a secure setting, yet permit residents to explore their spacious surroundings freely and easily. Our highly individualized care ensures each resident is treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.
MorningStar at Bear Creek is a memory care community that uses progressive methods to palliate symptoms and revive joy. Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve, and is devoted to creating a true home for residents within a serene setting. Please contact us to schedule a visit to experience firsthand our loving community.