There were many reasons that we decided to open our company, Elder Care Mediations. The first of which was our desire to come to the aid of families in distress. We already knew that too many families were in crisis over the care of an aging parent and relations were being damaged. We began meeting numerous families and found that many were touched in one way or another by Alzheimer’s or dementia. Our need to understand as much as we could about the diseases are not only helping us to be able to better understand what families dealing with either of these illnesses is going through, but it also opened our eyes to some startling facts.
More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. By 2050 this could skyrocket to as many as 16 million. Alzheimer's has no current cure, but treatments for symptoms are available and research continues. Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Alzheimer's is not just a disease of old age. Although, the greatest known risk factor is increasing age, and the majority of people with Alzheimer's are 65 and older, Alzheimer's is not a normal part of aging.
The statistics go on and on, but none talks about what caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s or dementia can do to a family as a whole. I cared for my father for many years as his dementia grew continually worse. I was fortunate in that my sister, who lived in another state, was on board with all the decisions I was forced to make. In some ways this made it easier, but it also complicated our lives, because it was still a difficult and emotional time for our family.
My partner, Tina, reminisces fondly about her grandmother, who died from Alzheimer’s. She still feels fortunate that one of the last experiences her grandmother had with the family was being able to attend Tina’s wedding. These stories are ours, but daily we come across families with their own and the one common bond is that Alzheimer’s and dementia are grueling diseases that affect not only the patient, but can also challenge a family as a whole. It is for these families that Elder Care Mediations will be walking on September 27th. Please consider joining our team or making a donation. Every bit helps in the effort to combat this crippling disease. http://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk2015/FL-SoutheastFlorida?team_id=272731&pg=team&fr_id=7404