CAREGIVING IN A WORLD WITH ALZHEIMER’S


During the month of September, a lot of information is distributed about Alzheimer’s disease with the entire 30-days dedicated to World Alzheimer’s Month. Now, that it is officially October, awareness for the disease does not stop! At FirstLight Home Care we continue to raise awareness, challenge the stigma and support those who are working to find an end to this disease all year long.

The quick and sobering facts of Alzheimer’s disease show us that the impact and the battle for a cure are far from over. FirstLight has always been committed to sharing helpful, and up-to-date information on Alzheimer’s disease and providing services that help Alzheimer's disease and caregivingyou and your family. Here we have compiled some of our most popular, helpful posts especially for those providing care in a world with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

FACT: More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. By 2050, this number is projected to rise to nearly 14 million
In June, during Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, we published a blog titled “Early Signs of Alzheimer’s”. In this blog, we outlined the 10 early warning signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, and the importance of addressing these symptoms because of early detection matters.

FACT: Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States

In August we published a blog titled “What are the Seven Stages of Alzheimer’s?”. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that gradually worsens over a period of four to 20 years based on recent data from the Alzheimer’s Association. On average, however, most people live between four to eight years following diagnosis. The progression of the disease may be different for each person, but typically, the sequence of this disease is consistent.

FACT: More than 16 million Americans provide unpaid care for people living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias – these caregivers provide an estimated 18.6 billion hours of care valued at nearly $244 billion

In September 2019, we published a blog titled “Avoiding Caregiver Burnout When Dealing with Alzheimer’s”. Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s is a tough job. The stress, demand, and constant worry can take a heavy toll on the family caregiver, so much that they often do not take good care of themselves. It can also be an emotional journey as the family member providing care watches their loved one’s memories disappear and their daily skills decline. This inevitably will lead to caregiver burnout. In this blog, we shared 8 tips to help you avoid caregiver burnout.

As October begins to usher in the holiday season, we know that being the family caregiver to a loved one living with Alzheimer’s can be difficult. In December of 2019, we published “Alzheimer’s During the Holidays”. In this post, we asked our FirstLight caregivers to share tips to help make the holidays merry, bright, and most of all, memorable for everyone. It was one of our most popular blog posts ever.

If you or a loved one is living with Alzheimer’s disease, FirstLight Home Care is here to help. Our Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care services focus on person-first care. We work with your family to build specific and individualized Alzheimers and dementia care plans for daily care.

Contact us for more information on how FirstLight’s Dementia Program can give you peace of mind and make a difference in your loved one’s dementia or Alzheimer’s care. Our long-term caregivers have the solutions you seek.

FirstLight Home Care is proud to CHAMPION the family caregiver, offering empathy, advice, and support for those who provide countless hours of care to their loved ones living with Alzheimer’s. We want to provide a helping hand, relieve some of the stress that comes with caregiving, and give you back a few hours in your overwhelmingly busy day.

SOURCE

Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures Annual Report, 2020

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