Posted: November 20, 2012
For the 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, and their caregivers, simple everyday tasks are often difficult and demanding. With November designated as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, Arbor Hospice offers information and materials through its ongoing educational programs.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association
, Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, with cost of care reaching an estimated $200 billion in 2012. The statistics of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers are equally as staggering:
· Someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease every 68 seconds.
· One in seven Americans with Alzheimer’s disease lives alone.
· There are more than 15 million caregivers who, in 2011, provided 17 billion hours of care.
“For those suffering with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, and their families, every aspect of life is affected,” said Gloria Brooks, President and CEO of Arbor Hospice. “Along with being informed, we believe it is important for those living with dementia to have the opportunity to let their family and friends know what their wishes are for the end-of-life. We encourage everyone to share thoughts and wishes with loved ones, while there’s still time.”
Advance Directives – Five Wishes
Advance directives allow individuals to make healthcare, emotional and spiritual wishes known in advance of a serious illness or injury. Arbor Hospice offers a free educational program throughout the community to explain how to complete an advance directive and why it is important to do so. Arbor Hospice uses Five Wishes, an approved advance directive, which not only lets caregivers and doctors know how you wish to be treated medically, but also emotionally.
Information for Caregivers
In addition to Five Wishes, Arbor Hospice offers several educational programs for caregivers, including dementia specific presentations. Programs include Care for the Caregiver, Embracing a Loved One with Dementia and Planning for the Unexpected: Financial and Legal Series.
Arbor Hospice is also offering a limited number of Alzheimer’s DVDs featuring renowned dementia expert, Teepa Snow. In The Senior Gems: Your guide to supporting family members with dementia, Snow offers practical advice for family members and caregivers of those living with Alzheimer’s. With more than 30 years experience in geriatrics, Snow is a dementia care and education specialist. Her presentations and consultations to groups, organizations and families across the country are always well attended.
For more information on these presentations or the DVD, visit www.arborhospice.org
or call (888) 992-2273.
About Arbor Hospice
Since 1984 Arbor Hospice has been committed to providing quality, compassionate care for those experiencing life-limiting illnesses. Arbor Hospice, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, is integrated into the community with the help of its experienced staff and caring volunteers through its certified hospice services, inpatient hospice facility, grief support services and community education programs. Arbor Hospice serves communities in Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties, with offices in Ann Arbor, Monroe, Plymouth and Woodhaven. For more information, visit www.arborhospice.org
or call 1-888-992-2273.
About the Arbor Hospice Foundation
Founded in 2002, the Arbor Hospice Foundation is a tax exempt, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing financial and philanthropic support to advance the mission of Arbor Hospice. Through the generosity of individual donors, corporate partners and foundation support, The Arbor Hospice Foundation strives to meet the ongoing needs of more than 9,000 patients and families served by Arbor Hospice each year. To make a donation or for more information, visit www.arborhospice.org/about-us/the-arbor-hospice-foundation
or call (734) 794-5338.
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