1 in 9 Americans over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia.
Within the next generation the number of Americans with some form of dementia could more than triple, from about five million today to 16 million by 2050. Chances are good, then, that you’ll be affected by dementia in your lifetime, perhaps yourself, or very likely someone you know and love.
Scientific advancements, earlier diagnosis, access to better treatment options and a greater understanding of the disease are changing the lives of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Many people continue to lead active and meaningful lives long after diagnosis. However, caregiving is still a critical issue for people living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.
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If you are a caregiver to someone with Alzheimer’s or related dementia, your commitment to your loved one is absolute and unconditional. No matter how strong your commitment, though, the stress, both physical and emotional, can take its toll on you. You have to take care of yourself as well as your loved one, or you will be unable to help them.
Fortunately, there are many resources available to help you, whether you need respite care for a few hours, a day or on a regular basis. Or perhaps you are facing the prospect of placing your loved one in an assisted living home because you can no longer provide the care they need. Whatever support you might need, you are not alone.
The Alzheimer’s Assosciation is a leading health organization for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Learn about the Arizona Chapter here.
The Banner Alzheimer’s Institute is paving the way for the future of Alzheimer’s care, partnering with medical, scientific, and academic institutions to provide the best research and care available.
A Full Range of Emotions
For some people, the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is a shock. For others, there may be an initial sense of relief at finally being able to put a name to their symptoms.
You may be overwhelmed by the many changes that are taking place in your life — receiving a diagnosis, telling others, experiencing changes in your abilities and in your relationships and more.
The Alzheimer’s Society of Canada asked people about their reactions and feelings about living with Alzheimer’s disease. Here are some of their comments:
Experiencing this range of emotions is a normal reaction to having a disease whose symptoms affect the way you see yourself. As one person with Alzheimer’s disease said, “Your inner world is changing.” Each person responds to these changes in his or her own way.
Talking to to someone about how you feel is one way to get these feelings out into the open. Talk to a close friend, a family member or someone with whom you feel comfortable.
It can be especially helpful to meet with other people who have the disease. Together, you can share your feelings and experiences and offer each other social and emotional support. Contact the Desert Southwest Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association for information on local groups and other support that is available in the Phoenix area.