November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month. In the United States alone, there are more than 15 million Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers (Alzheimer’s Association, 2016). Please take a moment to thank all the caregivers in your life; friends, family members, neighbors and co-workers. While many, if not all, of these selfless caregivers will tell you that they “wouldn’t have it any other way,” or that they “are happy to care for their loved ones,” the act of providing care for a sick family member or friend is a very stressful job. Many of these caregivers are working full time jobs outside of the home, and then continue to “work” all hours of the day and night, caring for their loved ones. If you or someone that you know is a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia, please consider visiting the Alzheimer’s website for more information and helpful resources, such as the Caregiver Stress Test. You are not alone, there is help and support available. If you need immediate assistance for 1:1 home care, please call Personal Health Care today at 610-933-6130.
Alzheimer’s Association: http://www.alz.org/