Everyday, more than 4 million American families face the overwhelming task of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease. These families and other caregivers are in desperate need of help-support, education, training, financial assistance, and time away from constant caregiving demands. This challenge will only grow in the years ahead as the number of Americans with the disease is expected to reach 14 million by 2050.
As such, I support the local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association in its efforts to assist families and caregivers. Specifically, the Association's mission is carried out by providing daycare and in-home respite care; providing a family support network; hosting educational seminars for caregivers; sponsoring the Wanderers Safe Return Home Program; advocating improved public policy and supporting research into the causes, preventions, treatments and cures for Alzheimer's disease.
These services have enabled many families in our area, including mine, to cope with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's for a loved one. The day center has been especially beneficial by giving our family a much needed rest and by consistently providing structured, professional care.
November was National Alzheimer's Awareness Month. But you can become even more "aware" by contacting the local office.
M. Kevin Howard, Augusta
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