Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Faces of Alzheimer's

November is National Alzheimer's Disease Month.
Last week I blogged about my mother.(click here) The photo below is of my friend Lynn and me celebrating her 60th birthday in October, 2007. I took Lynn to an unknown destination (to her) for the celebration. We had a wonderful overnight at Shaker Village in central Kentucky. No, we don't have Alzheimer's (yet). We were caregivers of our mothers who were both victims of the disease. Lynn's mom, Martha, had passed away just a week before Lynn's birthday. Lynn and I have been close friends for many years. We grew even closer supporting each other while taking care of our mothers. If you are an Alzheimer's care giver, make yourself a cup of tea and click here for a Caregiver Stress Check.

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month:
· There are nearly 10 million Americans providing 8.4 billion hours of unpaid care to people with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias – valued at $89 billion.
· 70 percent of people with Alzheimer’s live at home, cared for by family and friends.
· A quarter-million American children 8 to 18 years old are providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.
· There are between 1 and 1.4 million “long-distance caregivers” in the United States. About 1 million of these caregivers live more than two hours away from their loved ones.

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