PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – April 7, 2016 – The Home Instead Senior Care® office serving the greater seacoast of New Hampshire is giving local businesses the opportunity to become more Alzheimer’s friendly. Piscataqua Savings Bank is the most recent area business to complete the Alzheimer’s Friendly BusinessSM program, led by experts from the area’s leading provider of in-home care services for seniors. The free training equips employees with the information they need to better welcome the New Hampshire seacoast families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
“We’ve heard from many of our client’s families touched by Alzheimer’s that leaving of their homes can be intimidating, as so many don’t understand the disease,” said Lisa Ganem, co-owner of the Home Instead office in Portsmouth. “With this program, we’re hoping to change that, restoring their freedom.”
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer's disease in the United States is estimated to reach 7.1 million by 2025 a 40 percent increase from the 5.1 million people age 65 and older affected in 2015. In New Hampshire alone, those above the age of 65 living with Alzheimer’s is expected to grow to 32,000 by 2025.
With this training, families can feel more at ease, as a greater cross-section of the community understands the unpredictable nature of the disease. And, as families feel more at ease, they are more likely to leave their homes and thus, spend money at local retailers and restaurants.
“Given these staggering statistics, the vast majority of consumer-facing businesses will likely soon serve individuals living with Alzheimer’s and their families at some point,” said Ed Ganem, Home Instead Senior Care of Portsmouth co-owner. “This is a prevalent issue, and I encourage area businesses join us in our efforts to build a more Alzheimer’s friendly community.”
Piscataqua Savings Bank recently completed the training, educating approximately 40 staff on how to best manage the difficult behaviors associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
“As a community bank, I’m always looking for ways to better serve my customers and the seacoast community,” said Joan Gile, Executive Vice President at Piscataqua Savings Bank. “The Alzheimer’s Friendly Business program provided helpful and practical resources and information for our employees to welcome the many individuals and families in our community impacted by this disease.”
Interested businesses can work directly with the Portsmouth Home Instead office to coordinate a free in-person training at a time that is convenient to their staff. The training can also be completed online at AlzheimersFriendlyBusiness.com. Once completed, businesses will receive a window cling to display their Alzheimer’s Friendly Business designation to the community. This designation is valid for two years.
The Alzheimer’s Friendly Business program is a good solution for any consumer-facing business that regularly deals with aging adults, including grocery stores, banks, restaurants, real estate agents and more. For more information about the program and to access additional resources – such as an online training module for your team – please visit AlzheimersFriendlyBusiness.com or call (603) 324-2095.
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