Dementia caregivers need more support

March 21, 2023

The Alzheimer’s Association’s 2023 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report reveals that the dementia caregiver burden continues to grow in Delaware. Today, there are an estimated 31,000 family members and friends serving as unpaid dementia caregivers in the First State providing 45 million hours of unpaid care, valued at $885 million.

Caregivers of people with dementia face unique challenges. They report higher rates of chronic conditions including stroke, heart disease, diabetes and cancer compared to non-caregivers. In Delaware, 62% of caregivers reported having at least one of these chronic conditions. Additionally, the prevalence of depression is also higher among our region’s dementia caregivers, with 23% reporting the condition. 

As an Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter board member and former caregiver to my father, I call on all state policymakers and community leaders to implement immediate actions to support family caregivers across the state. We must establish and fund a public health infrastructure for Alzheimer’s, and highlight the importance of early detection and diagnosis of all dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Association provides support for caregivers through our 24/7 Helpline, 800-272-3900, and local support groups. Now is the time to join together as we look for a better future of a world without Alzheimer’s disease. 

Anjanette Kichline
Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter board member
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