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Too Many Care Givers are Providing Dementia Care For Their Loved Ones at Home

- Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Do you know where most of the millions of people who have dementia live? They live at home where family and friends provide the vast majority of their care.

That's why caregiving has been called the fastest growing unpaid profession in the United States.

During the past year more than 67 million Americans provided care to a family member, friend, or loved one, many of whom are suffering from different stages of Alzheimer's disease or some other type of dementia.

If you're a caregiver, you know first-hand what it's like: Getting swept up in tasks -- bathing, shopping, cooking, feeding, making arrangements for medical care, managing behavioral problems, making decisions for the ill person that you have never had to consider before. All the while trying to cope with your own anxieties and fears.

Possibly your are facing a situation where you're likely to become a caregiver. You are most likely wondering how you can make the many difficult decisions that anyone who steps into this demanding role has to confront.

It's an extremely hard job and it usually feels like you're in it alone. But you're not. When a loved one has Alzheimer's or a related dementia it can seem as though few options are available. Spring Arbor offers "Special Care Cottages" programs that are custom designed for residents with these unique challenges.