Alzheimer’s is one of the fastest growing diseases in the United States. The overwhelming feeling of isolation that often accompanies a diagnosis may be caused by a lack of education about how common this disease is. The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. They argue that this disease is having a more significant impact than previously understood. As the leading expert in the field, they offer shocking statistics on Alzheimer’s disease in the United States:
– There are more than 5,000,000 Americans living with Alzheimer’s today. It is anticipated that by the year 2050, this number could be as high as 16,000,000. This represents an unprecedented 300% increase in just 32 years.
– Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s.
– More than 15,000,000 Americans provide unpaid care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or other memory-related diseases.
Although these are overwhelming facts, they demonstrate that individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer’s are not alone. Here are some things that we recommend doing when a family member is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
Get Support From Friends, Family, or a Specialized Support Group
It’s important to find a support system as quickly as possible. Oakmont Senior Living is proud to offer Alzheimer’s Support Groups at many of our memory care communities. These support groups focus on educating family members about the stages of the disease and allow them to connect with others whose loved ones have memory-related diagnoses. Additionally, Oakmont Senior Living offers tips to help maximize quality time together.
Support groups may also consist of family or friends who can relate. Having a support group can eliminate the feeling of isolation and equip the family with useful tools to improve the quality of life for everyone involved.
Research Memory Care Communities
When your loved one has Alzheimer’s, it is a good idea to research memory care communities as soon as possible. Doing this in the early stages of Alzheimer’s is critical because the disease progression can occur rapidly and behavioral and cognitive functioning can decline quickly. When the disease is more advanced, caring for your loved one can become more difficult. It is best to already know memory care community options prior to arriving at this stage.
Another benefit of early research is the education that comes with it. A tour of a reputable memory care community will give you great ideas and direction for providing care at home, if that is what you intend to do in the early stages of the disease. Collect any literature available while touring memory care communities you are interested in. Brochures will often contain local resources and support groups that can give you an even larger network of support. These local resources alone can be worth the time you invest upfront
We hope that the tips in this article have been helpful. If you have any questions about our memory care community in Orange, CA or local support, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable and caring staff.