Austin Senior Home Care Service to Host Virtual Dementia Tour
Heavenly Caregiver Services, Inc. Aims to Raise Alzheimer’s Awareness via Dementia Seminar
Austin, TX (PRWEB) January 28, 2011
As the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States, Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of Dementia. It is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that impairs the memory, thinking and behavior of the affected individual. Symptoms typically appear slowly, most often after the age of 60, and get worse over time. It is estimated that 1 in 20 people over the age of 65 are affected by the disease and 1 in 5 over the age of 80.
Currently, the disease affects over 5 million people in the world, but as the population grows and baby boomers age, that number is expected to skyrocket to 16 million by 2050. “It is a growing epidemic that we simply cannot afford to ignore,” says Sherry Franklin, Vice President of Heavenly Caregiver Services in Austin, TX. “if left unchecked, the toll taken on our economy and healthcare system will be astronomical.”
The growing problem of Alzheimer’s will undoubtedly mean tremendous costs for government and programs like Medicare and Medicaid, but the financial stresses and emotional burden Alzheimer’s places on families will be even greater. Most often, the care responsibilities for an aging loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease fall into the hands of loved ones, typically the adult children. Trying to juggle care for their elderly parents with full-time jobs and caring for their own families can quickly lead to caregiver burnout, acute stress and even depression.
Studies show that when caregivers are not properly trained on how to care for an Alzheimer’s patient, the stress is amplified and can even lead to abuse of the afflicted individual. “At Heavenly Care we hold regular review sessions and provide on-going training for all staff members. Our Austin caregivers are required to go through high-quality, mandatory training on a not-less-than quarterly basis” said Franklin, “it is crucial that caregivers have a higher degree of understanding of what it is their clients are going through and experiencing on a day-to-day basis. Having a deeper understanding of the disease promotes more tolerance and patience in caregiving duties.”
Recognizing the importance of raising awareness, the staff at Heavenly Care has extended their programs to educate and provide support to family members and others in the community facing the challenges of caregiving. On Saturday, January 29th, Heavenly Care will host a seminar and virtual dementia tour to sensitize those most closely involved with Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients. The program aims to enlighten family members and caregivers on the difficulties Alzheimer’s patients face each day. Participants will complete exercises that will allow them to experience first-hand what it feels like to have this serious disease. “Awareness and understanding is key,” said Franklin, “too often people let themselves become desensitized and detached from the situation, regular training like this removes that barrier and immerses you in their world. It puts you on their level and afterward you are left with a new understanding and deep compassion, which will inevitably help caregivers better meet the needs of their elderly loved ones and care recipients.”
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