Family caregivers are the backbone of long-term care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Research studies are now focused on how to support caregivers throughout the course of a person’s disease, exploring tools for stress management, the wide range of caregiver responsibilities and much more.
Living with Alzheimer’s or any form of dementia is difficult enough. Add the stress of a global pandemic to the mix and you’re bound to have a few more questions. We spoke with Lori Nisson, the Family & Community Services director at the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute to gain some insight for maintaining routine, connection and safety in unsettling times.
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) was founded in 2002 with the goal of providing a community for individuals, families and caregivers affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. As coronavirus isolates millions of Americans across the country, the AFA is working harder than ever to ensure that some of our nation’s most vulnerable still have a support system.
As COVID-19 continues to spread, particularly hitting vulnerable populations like elderly in nursing homes, caregiving for a loved one with dementia may feel overwhelming. But creating a plan to manage themselves and their loved ones during the pandemic can help.
More than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and the number is expected to rise as high as 13.8 million by 2050. Yet, according to the latest Alzheimer’s Association Facts and Figures report, half of all primary care physicians feel the medical community is not prepared to meet the demand. Learn more about the projected incidence of Alzheimer’s dementia and the burden it places on caregivers and the health care system.
Alzheimer’s disease is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and gradually worsens over time. It is the cause of 60-70% of cases of dementia. In most cases, remembering recent events is one of the earliest symptoms. A disease in the brain, the onset usually occurs in patients over the age of 65 but can occur earlier. Alzheimer’s is one of the most financially costly diseases.
Jacquelyn Patterson has a family history of Alzheimer’s disease. She lost both of her parents and 10 of her aunts to Alzheimer’s and dementia. And she is currently providing care for three of her own sisters who are living with dementia.
It sounds like a science fiction movie: an eye scan that can provide information about your brain, and, quite possibly, your future. But according to two new studies, it could be a very real possibility soon.