Take Charge of Your Health: Care for the Caregiver
BrightFocus Foundation has simple, easy-to-understand materials you can distribute on site to promote caregiver wellness. Hand them out during recognition events such as National Alzheimer's Awareness and National Family Caregivers Month in November, or World Alzheimer's Awareness Day in September. Or use them at staff meetings, through paycheck distribution, or via other methods to inform caregivers about Alzheimer's disease, and the resources available to them.
Caregivers are often under tremendous pressure and stress, and it is important that they take advantage of the support and assistance available to them.
BrightFocus suppies copies of our educational resources in English and Spanish at low cost, or in some cases free of charge, to promote healthy vision.
- Order publications from the BrightFocus website at www.brightfocus.org. (free option).
- Request samples of publications and display them around your worksite-in the employee break room, at a health fair, or elsewhere. (low cost)
For more information or to order samples, please contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-437-2423
Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, and this terminal, progressive brain disorder has no known cause or cure. It slowly steals the minds of its victims, leading to memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, personality changes, disorientation, and the inability to communicate. More than five million Americans are believed to have Alzheimer's disease, and by 2050, as the U.S. population ages, this number could increase to more than 15 million. There are nearly 44 million people living with dementia worldwide, and this number is likely to increase to more than 135 million by 2050.
The lifetime risk of Alzheimer's disease among those who reached the age of 65 is approximately 1 in 5 for women and 1 in 10 among men. Genetic risk factors alone do not cause the late-onset Alzheimer's disease, the most common form that usually develops after age 65. So researchers are also studying education, diet, and other factors to see if they play a role in the disease development. Among people who do not have Alzheimer's disease, one third worry about getting it. Those who have a parent or parent in-law with the disease are even more concerned.
More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for a person with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias. Although 44 percent of caregivers report being employed full or part time, many caregivers of people with Alzheimer's and other dementias report making major changes to their work schedules because of their caregiving responsibilities. There are many resources available for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease. For instance, every state has a state agency on aging, which can be found in the phone book, online, or with the help of a librarian. A number of resources are available online at www.brightfocus.org/ADRresources.