Alzheimer's disease affects over 5 million Americans today - 330,000 of those individuals are Texans. 65.7 million caregivers make up 29% of the U.S. adult population providing care to someone who is ill, disabled or aged.
In Texas alone, 1.3 million unpaid caregivers provided care to the 330,000 individuals with Alzheimer's disease in 2013. This equates to 1.5 billion hours of unpaid care at a cost of $18.5 billion per year.
The Importance of Attending a Caregiver Support Group
Alzheimer's disease is life-changing for both those who are diagnosed and those close to them. Alzheimer's caregiver support groups provide a place to connect with other caregivers who truly understand what you are going through.
Support groups for caregivers foster the setting for sharing information, insight, advice and encouragement. They provide an opportunity to learn from others who face the same challenges, and allow you to talk about your experiences. Caregiver support group meetings can give you new approaches to caregiving, including ones that worked for others in a similar situation. You can also gain perspective and caregiver stress management tools that come from hearing others talk about their experiences.
Caregivers of people with Alzheimer's and other dementia's provide care for a longer time, on average, than do caregivers of older adults with other conditions. 43% of caregivers of people with Alzheimer's and other dementia's provide care for one to four years compared with 33% of caregivers of people without dementia.
30 million families provide care for an adult over the age of 50 a number expected to double in 25 years.
As a result,
providing care for an aging loved one will be as common in the
future as providing childcare is today. If you haven't begun to
talk about creating a care giving plan for the older ones you
love with their needs and wishes in mind, now is the time.
There are more than 50 million people in America who are doing some level of care giving. If you have someone who needs your help, chances are you are a caregiver.
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