The number of Americans living with Alzheimer's disease is expected to more than triple in the next few decades – from five million today to more than 16 million by 2050, unless a cure is found.I As the number of individuals with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia grows, so, too, will the need for communities to adapt and become more accessible to those living with dementia-related diseases.
This September, as part of World Alzheimer's Month, the Home Instead Senior Care® network is on a mission to educate Americans about Alzheimer's. Home Instead is encouraging people to learn more about the disease and how to respectfully and compassionately interact with those who live with it.
On Alzheimer's LearningSM Day, September 21, 2017, Home Instead Senior Care invites people to participate in free live training webinars. The online sessions will feature leading experts in Alzheimer's and dementia care and help people better respond to the needs of those living with the condition. Details about the webinars can be found on the program website www.alzlearn.com.
"As the number of seniors in our community grows, it is likely that every one of us will be touched by Alzheimer's at some point, whether it's a family member, neighbor, friend or customer at work," said Bob Koch, owner of the local Home Instead Senior Care office. "That's why it's important for each of us to learn how to better interact with people living with Alzheimer's or dementia. That way we can create a supportive environment that engages them."
Home Instead's Alzheimer's Learning Day hopes to help improve the quality of life for those living with the disease and for their caregivers. Currently, more than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for those living with the Alzheimer's and nearly 60 percent of individuals with dementia-related diseases live at home with support from family, friends and other members of the community.2
Koch feels the commitment to learn more about Alzheimer's and other dementias is one we all should make. To do so, here are five steps you can take:
1. Learn the symptoms. Visit http://www.helpforalzheimersfamilies.com/alzheimers-dementia-dealing/symptoms-and-stages/ to learn more about the symptoms and signs of Alzheimer's and other dementias.
2. Read an article about Alzheimer's. Articles about Alzheimer's can be found at http://www.helpforalzheimersfamilies.com/alzheimers-dementia-dealing/guide/.
3. Watch and share the "I Will Remember You" video at http://www.helpforalzheimersfamilies.com/alzheimers-dementia-dealing/capturing-memories/video/.
4. Take an E-Learning Class. Visit http://www.helpforalzheimersfamilies.com/alzheimers-dementia-education/ to find an online Alzheimer's and dementia class that interests you.
5. Spread the word. Take the Home Instead Alzheimer's Learning Day pledge and share on your social media channels why you are participating.
"Many people caring for someone with dementia feel alone and isolated from their communities," said C. Grace Whiting, Chief Operating Officer of the National Alliance for Caregiving. "Caregivers need allies who understand the disease and who have knowledge and resources to help those living with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. By educating the community, we are fostering a global movement to build dementia friendly neighborhoods that will reduce the stigma and isolation of caregiving and bring caregivers back into the fold."
For more information about Home Instead Senior Care's Alzheimer's Learning Day, webinar details and tips for respectfully interacting with someone living with Alzheimer's or dementia, please visit www.alzlearn.com.
1Alzheimer's Association, 2017 ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE FACTS AND FIGURES http://www.alz.org/facts/
2ACT on Alzheimer's, Dementia Friendly Businesses http://www.actonalz.org/sites/default/files/documents/ACT-SectorGuide-Business.pdf
About Alzheimer's Learning Day
Alzheimer's LearningSM Day, September 21, 2017, is a day established by Home Instead Senior Care® to encourage communities to learn more about Alzheimer's and other dementia disorders, educate others, and share what they have learned. Through this program people are encouraged to take a pledge to participate in the day, which features webinar trainings for family caregivers, senior care professionals and businesses. The program also provides resources in the form of a monthly newsletter.
Home Instead offers free monthly newsletters with tips and advice for caregivers of elderly loved ones.
Each Home Instead Senior Care franchise is independently owned and operated.