…is a phrase that few people will ever hear. It doesn’t matter whether a degenerative dementia gradually creeps into your family or a sudden, massive trauma causes immediate changes; the result’s the same. You’re a caregiver now, and there’s no manual on how to do it.
Actually, that’s a big part of the inspiration behind this site: we want to provide a guide for what you can or should do if dementia enters the picture, something that can accompany you every step of the way.
The thing is, sometimes it feels like every lesson you learn about caregiving is from “The School of Hard Knocks.” Given, there is A TON of information about dementia available online. So much, in fact, that it can feel like information overload: there’s no single central resource providing support and frank information for people impacted by dementia.
So that’s what we want this site to be: your go-to resource for simple, actionable advice.
Caregivers, in particular, can quickly find themselves overwhelmed trying to find the best approaches to resolving issues and problems that arise with dementia. So that’s who we’re devoting this part of the site to: caregivers.
The experience of caregiving for someone living with symptoms of dementia is already pretty common, and it’s becoming even more so as Baby Boomers continue to age.
It’s currently estimated that, “the 72 million American baby boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, are turning 65 at the rate of roughly 10,000 a day…” (1); Alzheimer’s Disease (a leading cause of dementia) generally correlates with age. Of the 5.4 million Americans estimated to have Alzheimer’s Disease in 2011, 5.2 million of them are aged 65+.(2)
This means that, increasingly, spouses and siblings will require family care, not just parents. That’s a lot of new caregivers.