September is World Alzheimer’s Month. As a family caregiver, Alzheimer’s is likely something you think about on a regular basis. Educating yourself, and your aging loved one about the disease allows both of you to feel more confident, so you can take steps to reduce the risk, detect when your parent may be experiencing the early stages of the disease, and prepare for the progression.
Some facts you should know about Alzheimer’s disease include:
- Alzheimer’s is now the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
- Deaths associated with Alzheimer’s disease have increased 123% in the last several years.
- One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s disease. This is 30% of all elderly adults.
- There are nearly 6 million people throughout the United States who are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, and experts expect this number to increase dramatically over the coming years.
- Someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease every 65 seconds.
- 10% of adults over the age of 60 for are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease.
- Approximately 60% of those living with Alzheimer’s disease are women.
- Older blacks are more than twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than older whites.
- Older Hispanics are also more likely than older whites to develop the disease.
- Nearly 71% of seniors with Alzheimer’s disease are expected to die before the age of 80, while those who do not have Alzheimer’s disease have only a 30% chance of death before the age of 80.
In your role as a family caregiver for your aging parent, you will make a wide variety of important decisions. One of the most meaningful and beneficial for both of you it can be starting home care. Having a home care services provider as part of your care approach for your aging parent does not mean you don’t want to be their caregiver, or that you don’t care about the quality of the care and assistance they receive. Quite the opposite, introducing home care into your senior’s routine can be a loving and nurturing way to ensure they live their highest quality of life.
The custom services of this home care provider are specifically tailored to them as an individual. This means they can receive the help that is right for them, helping them to stay active, independent, and engaged, and continue to have you as their primary caregiver.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Kannapolis NC, please contact the caring staff at TenderHearted Home Care today. (704) 612-4132.
I have enjoyed volunteering my time as the President of the Rowan County Home School Association, assisting with the Parkinson’s Support Group, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Pregnancy Support Center, MOPS International, Capstone Recovery Center, Kairos Outside, Celebrate Recovery, various church committees and going on a mission trip to Moldova. I am a member of the Rowan County Council on Aging, Meals on Wheels board member, REACH of Rowan County, HIPSS of Davidson County, Second Tuesday Business Group and several Christian Business Life Groups.
I am passionate about serving others and providing the most compassionate care possible, as I would want for my own family. I love relaxing with my husband, Peter, and my two dogs, Yoyo and Terra Cotta.