Caregivers need community support
Caregivers are often stretched thin. Many are overwhelmed. Most could use help. More than 47,000 Delawareans – your neighbors, friends, colleagues – are providing unpaid care for a family member living with dementia right now. I have been one of these caregivers.
My father was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease at age 58. My father’s mother died in 2000 from the disease, and several other close family members have been impacted. Caring for loved ones with this disease has taken a toll on the entire family. As an Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter board member, I see this impact on an even larger scale. Those in our community, those facing the same crisis that plagued my family, need our support.
November is National Family Caregivers Month, and while it may be another moment on the calendar, let this serve as a reminder – as a call to action – to lend a hand and to be informed. If you know someone who is caring for a loved one, reach out to them. Run an errand, help with a chore, give them a break by offering to spend time with the person for whom they provide care. Educate yourself about the disease – the more you know, the easier it will be to help.
This month, I urge those across Delaware to join with the Alzheimer’s Association in supporting those caregivers in their communities. Even the smallest gesture can make a big difference to those who give so much of themselves. Go to alz.org to learn more.