Attention drawn to plight of caregivers during month
November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month. During November, the Alzheimer's Association is focusing its attention on an important intersection between these two awareness campaigns the unique challenges facing Alzheimer's patients and dementia caregivers.
It is estimated that more than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Here in Oklahoma there are 222,000 providing care to 62,000 people living with Alzheimer's and other dementias.
Caregiving can take a severe emotional and physical toll on the individual providing it. The Oklahoma Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association provides local support and programs for family members and everyone facing this devastating disease. Key resources available around the clock include:
* 24/7 Helpline: Offers confidential support and information by master's level clinicians and specialists on a variety of Alzheimer's-related topics. Help is available all day, every day at 800-272-3900, in more than 100 languages