September 2011 is the first World Alzheimer's Month

We are excited to share with you that September 2011 is the first World Alzheimer's Month and today is Alzheimer’s Action Day. This is a great opportunity to show your commitment to the fight against Alzheimer’s disease!

There are nearly 15  million Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers providing 17 billion hours of unpaid care—valued at 202 billion dollars— annually.  Caregivers are under tremendous physical and emotional strain, with over one-third of family caregivers reporting symptoms of depression.

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be extremely difficult. The emotional toll of seeing a loved one slowly slip away can be significant. Given the serious nature of Alzheimer’s symptoms, including memory loss, wandering and hallucinations, around-the-clock care is often the only way to ensure the health and safety of individuals with Alzheimer’s. Most family caregivers who try to provide the necessary level of 24/7 care eventually feel overwhelmed and burned out.

If you find yourself in this situation, one solution is to arrange for respite care.  This can include developing a weekly schedule of relatives, friends or neighbors who will fill in for a few hours to enable you to run errands or simply enjoy some leisure time with friends. Home Care Assistance specializes in Live-in Care through our dedicated team of screened, trained and insured caregivers.

Help us raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease by changing your Facebook profile picture for a day to the Alzheimer’s Association “END ALZ” graphic that can be found here.  While you’re on our Fan Page, we encourage you to share a link you find interesting or to leave a comment related to Alzheimer’s disease and how it has affected someone you care about.

Home Care Assistance offers the highest quality 24/7 live-in home care in the Region of Halton (Oakville, Burlington, Halton Hills, and Milton), Region of Peel (Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon), Hamilton and surrounding areas.

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1 Responses to “September 2011 is the first World Alzheimer's Month”

  1. Home Care Australia says:

    I agree. It was difficult for home care workers to care for Caring for someone you loved with Alzheimer’s. It can be also be extremely tiring and both incredibly satisfying and at times stressful. Therefore they will surely need a break. Respite care will be a big help, yes. Developing a weekly schedule for them will have your time manage that will gives you the opportunity to hang out some time and enjoy some leisure with your friends.

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