How long have you been a caregiver?
I was working in the nonprofit world as a writer in Washington D.C. when my Father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2004. The illness progressed to the point that in 2011, I left my career and moved in with my parents to join my Mother as a caregiver for my Father. This fall marks my seventh year.
What is the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia?
Alzheimer's is a type of dementia. Think of dementia as a giant umbrella and Alzheimer's fits underneath. Other types of dementia include vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), Parkinson's dementia and frontotemporal dementia.
Is there anyone I can talk to about Alzheimer's?
Yes, the Alzheimer's Association has a 24/7 helpline and can answer questions about resources, Alzheimer's behavior, workshops in your area and more. Call 1-8000-272-3900.
I'm a caregiver and our resources are limited. Is financial assistance available?
Yes! HelpforAlzheimersfamilies.com is a great resource that includes information on how to apply for a dementia care grant. Hilarity for Charity provides two types of grants: a Recharge Respite Grant and an Extended Relief Respite Grant.
What is Respite Care?
Respite care is temporary relief for caregivers from their duties. This can be a tremendous help to avoid depression, burnout and excess stress. For more information on finding respite care in your area, visit the National Institutes for Aging or the Alzheimer's Association. You may be able to find funding through nonprofit grants in your area.
How many people have Alzheimer's?
According to the Alzheimer's Association, 5.7 million Americans are affected by Alzheimer's and other types of dementia. There are 47 million worldwide. The number of Americans affected by Alzheimer's is expected to rise to 13.8 million by the year 2050.
How do I find a support group?
Contact the Alzheimer's Association for a listing of support groups in your area.
My loved one is having trouble remembering things. How do I know if this is just old age or Alzheimer's?
Memory loss is one of 10 early warning signs & symptoms of Alzheimer's. If the memory loss disrupts daily life, it may be a sign of Alzheimer's or another form of dementia. Check the 10 signs here and make an appointment with your doctor.