November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month—and an opportunity to raise awareness about the disease and those impacted by it. There are more than 5 million people in the United States with Alzheimer’s Disease and more than 15 million Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers. This month we honor all those in the throes of this experience; we have so much to learn and share with each other. Statisticians tell us that by 2050 nearly 13.5 million people in the US alone will suffer from some form of dementia.
So preparation is a key component and the health tips for people of all ages are getting more publicity. Some suggestions are easier to implement than others but we want to consider that our future selves might look back and thank our present selves for the steps we take today.
Recently, as author, Kassandra King, points out in her new book “Getting REAL about Alzheimer’s”, it is important to acknowledge that the quality of life for one person may be just perfect although perceived by all around to be fraught with drama and pain. Our ability to recognize the whole person and do the best we can to create the experience that works best is hard work. Caregivers can never be thanked enough, acknowledged enough, celebrated enough…..
There is so much more to learn and share and we hope this becomes a platform and chance to get the feedback with the practical solutions implemented by families.