A mid-life crisis due to most difficult dementia-caregiving is what I experienced in 2007-2008. The crisis caused me to found on April 19,2010, MaryMac Missions LLC, as a single-person social enterprise, to raise awareness, educate and support other caregivers experiencing difficulties with dementia-caregiving. Most of these “other caregivers” are mostly women and mostly middle-age. Which brings me to share with you a study brought to my attention today, reported by the NY Times yesterday…
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, released on 4/22, showed:
Suicide rates for females were highest for those aged 45-64 in both 1999 (6.0 per 100,000) and 2014. This age group also had the second-largest percent increase (63%) since 1999.
Please read the NY Times article:
U.S. Suicide Rate Surges to a 30-Year High
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study:
Increase in Suicide in the United States, 1999-2014
If you need help, please contact: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
In addition to this platform, MaryMac Missions, which gives voice to the voiceless and critical topics related to long-term-caregiving, I, with team, have created Rest.Stop.Ranch Respite Retreat Center, which offers two on-site support programs in Topsfield, MA: a 2-hour Guided Respite Retreat for weary family caregivers, available year-round, and Sunday Strolls and Memory Café, available seasonally, April – October.
Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,