"This is an article intended to share some of the challenges of caring for a loved one at home when he/she has a diagnosis of dementia. Before discussing those challenges, it is important to understand the impact dementia has on our communities in general. According to the Alzheimer"s Association"s Facts and Figures 2021:There are 120,000 individuals living with dementia in Washington State. By 2025, there will be 140,000, a projected 17% increase. 2/3 of those are women.
Eighty-three percent of the help provided to older adults in the United States comes from family members, friends or other unpaid caregivers. Nearly half of all caregivers (48%) who provide help to older adults do so for someone with Alzheimer"s or another dementia. More than 11 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer"s or other dementias.
Approximately two-thirds of dementia caregivers are women.
About 30% of caregivers are age 65 or older.
Among primary caregivers of people with dementia, over half take care of their parents. Approximately 10% care for a spouse.
Most caregivers (66%) live with the person with dementia in the community.
The Dementia caregiver in the home experiences many challenges. According to Health Affiairs in their January 11th, 2018 blog, A Study Of Family Caregiver Burden And The Imperative Of Practice Change To Address Family Caregivers" Unmet Needs, the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) and the Gary and Mary West Health Institute did in-person focus groups and an online survey of over 500 caregivers. The results are as follows. Beneath each topic are actual comments from local care partners of loved ones living with dementia.Clearly, the many aspects of caring for a loved one living with dementia can be overwhelming. Fortunately, Vancouver has many resources that can be helpful to the anyone who provides care in their home. Using resources, be it in the form of support groups, classes, a few hours of respite care, or regularly scheduled caregiver hours, can make the daunting task of caregiving more sustainable."
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