Friday, January 28, 2011


According to the Alzheimer's Association, there are currently 10 million Americans providing 8.5 billion hours of unpaid care to people with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias.

This Association also states:  "...not only is it very expensive to pay for care in a nursing home, but the patient is someone you  love a lot--a mother, father, spouse.  Someone who has taken care of you, and so it's only natural to want to take care of them." 

Alzheimer's can take a great toll on the physical and emotional well-being, not just of the patient, but of the caregiver as well.

"It's not uncommon for the caregiver to die before the's a 24/7 job and often the caregiver has no's a long haul, you cannot live like that and survive."

Caregivers must be able to find some respite...a sense of themselves outside of the caregiver role.

The Alzheimer's Association's 24/7 Helpline provides reliable information and support to all who need assistance. Call toll-free anytime day or night at 1-800-272-3900