Boston: November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and National Caregiver Support Month

Alzheimer's disease is a devastating progressive condition that attacks the brain. Even in its early stages, it affects memory, mood, judgement and decision making, and as it progresses, the ability to function declines severely.   There is currently no cure for this condition. At this time, more than five million people across the country are suffering from Alzheimer's disorder, and more than 1 in 3 seniors are projected to get Alzheimer's or some form of progressive dementia within their lifetimes.

Individuals with Alzheimer's largely rely on in home caretakers, which are usually unpaid family members, for their care and well-being. More than 43 million people in the United States provide unpaid caregiving support for elderly adults and children who need help with day-to-day functioning. This can range from helping them to get out of bed to managing medication, taking them to doctors' appointments, scheduling activities, and more. Adding to this challenge is the ongoing stress of isolation and lower physical safety resulting from the presence of COVID-19. Going into this winter, it can be easy to get overwhelmed and feel isolated.

We hope to assist by providing a list of resources specific to Alzheimer 's disease and for caretakers in general.
We hope these resources help provide information and support in these difficult times.  As always, reach out to the Employee Assistance Program at 617-635-2200 for more. Have a safe November.

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