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If you know someone with Alzheimer's disease or have been diagnosed yourself, this is your community. Alzheimers.net grew out of the need to have a social network that will be a respite, a resource and a way to connect with others who share a common bond. Get authoritative, up-to-date resources and advice from professionals with expertise about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
As most caregivers know, there are many aspects of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease that are difficult, to say the least. Challenges many caregivers face include 24/7 hands-on care, insurance hassles, medical appointments and more. Perhaps the most difficult challenge that caregivers face, however, is social isolation.
Caregivers Experience Social Isolation
Such is the story of Marcy Sherman-Lewis, full-time caregiver for her 76-year-old husband, Gene. She was recently interviewed by the New York Times.
Last Updated: April 23, 2018
The Alzheimer’s epidemic is increasing at an alarming speed. The CDC states that the number of deaths from Alzheimer’s has increased 55% from 1999-2014, with more than 5 million Americans living with the disease and 15 million Americans caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s.
As the disease grows in the U.S., an Alzheimer’s Association survey shows that it’s also placing unsustainable emotional, financial and physical stress on caregivers. Read more about the survey and how the Alzheimer’s epidemic is impacting caregivers.