November is National (U.S.) Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Currently, worldwide, 70 million care givers care for 35 million care receivers living with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. These numbers are expected to double every 20 years according to Alzheimer’s Disease International. Unpaid family caregivers caring for a loved one with a dementia are at risk for developing anxiety, depression, new hypertension, new heart disease, have a higher risk than others for developing a dementia themselves due to caregiving stressors, and if elderly, have a higher risk of predeceasing their loved one living with dementia. Unpaid family caregivers feel isolated and feel a lack of support.
Please reach out to the caregiver in your life. When you tell them, “Take care of yourself,” point them to the new online respite resources offered by Rest.Stop.Ranch’s “Rest.Stop.Weekly,” and consider gifting them with a “We Care” or “I Care” Caregiver Care Package that includes: wellness tips for connecting with self and others while navigating family illness, a yummy lap blanket, and an aromatherapy weighted eye pillow. The package contents support caregiver and caregiver partner health and wellness as they sustain the difficult experience and effects of extended illness. Visit our online shop to learn more.
marymac missions is providing health programs and resources that improve the lives of caregivers and receivers affected by Alzheimer’s and related dementias, a devastating experience for families which can last from 5- 14 years.
Read the World Alzheimer Report 2010:
There is an urgent need to develop cost-effective packages of medical and social care that meet the needs of people with dementia and their caregivers across the course of the illness, and evidence-based prevention strategies. Only by investing now in research and cost-effective approaches to care can future societal costs be anticipated and managed. Governments and health and social care systems need to be adequately prepared for the future, and must seek ways now to improve the lives of people with dementia and their caregivers. (p. 7)