More than 100,000 Wisconsin seniors suffer from Alzheimer’s


March 14, 2011

The Alzheimer's Association estimates that 5.3 million Americans across the country are living with the disease and 10.9 million caregivers are tending to their needs. Now, it appears that some areas may be affected by the condition more than others.

In Wisconsin, there are more than 100,000 residents who currently suffer from the disease, according to The Green Bay Press Gazette. This problem is exacerbated by a lack of available resources for caregivers.

Gail Taylor-LaPlant's husband John started developing the illness when he was just 60 years old and the couple had to sell their home so they could find better care. After a fruitless search for support groups, Taylor-LaPlant started her own.

Those who are caring for patients with dementia may often feel overwhelmed by their responsibilities. One way that may help relieve some of the burden may be to install a medical alert system in a home. This device can enable older adults to instantly get in touch with doctors in the case of an emergency.

Discussing the issue with other caregivers may be another key to reducing stress. "People aren't reaching out," Taylor-LaPlant told the news provider. "They're staying in their homes. They don't know where to go."