November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
Every year at least 3 million people in the US are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. Despite not having a definitive test for Alzheimer’s, an evaluation can be completed and determine a diagnosis. Early diagnosis for the disease is key because it can provide you with the opportunity to seek treatment and support, and build a plan for your future financially and medically.
Dementia not only affects the person diagnosed with the disease but the family caring for the individual. Many people choose to care for family members suffering from dementia in their own home and become the primary caregiver. While it is comforting to dementia patients to have a family member care for them, it is important to take care of yourself while in the caregiver role.
The Alzheimer’s Association has many resources that can help you through peer-led support groups as well as access to resources and support through their 24-hour HELPline (800-272-3900). As a caregiver, it is important to know you are not in this alone and there are people out there that can provide support. If you want more information or to access a free caregivers guide, click here.
Contact Browning Geriatric Consulting for an appointment to discuss the many services we provide and how we can help your family.