Support groups form for caretakers of seniors with Alzheimer’s


August 10, 2010

Gayle Ginsburg is a social worker in North Carolina who leads support groups for adult children who are currently taking care of a parent with Alzheimer’s. Every week, these caretakers meet and discuss the experience, sharing stories and advice, according to The Star News.

Researchers and medical professionals have claimed that Alzheimer’s is a defining disease of the baby boomer generation. Many boomers have direct experience with the disease, because a loved one has been afflicted with the condition.

The Alzheimer’s Association has found that around 5.3 million Americans are currently in some stage of the disease, which means that about one in eight people age 65 and older are suffering from the affliction. There are around 11 million Americans providing unpaid care for these patients, who are usually parents or grandparents.

North Carolina offers a Family Caregiver Respite program, which gives financial support for caretakers who are giving six or more hours of care per day to an Alzheimer’s patient. The news source suggests that the solution to extending these kinds of programs lies in government funding, for which the Alzheimer’s Association is rallying in September.

Having a personal emergency response system for seniors can be an ideal way for to keep them in touch with their caretakers when they need assistance. The device can also contact medical professionals in case of a medical problem.