Incidences of Alzheimer’s Rising at an Alarming Rate
With the incidences of Alzheimer’s rising at an alarming rate, the need for our programs and services is expanding at an equally concerning pace. Alzheimer's Greater Los Angeles relies primarily on the generosity of donors who understand the unique challenges inherent with Alzheimer’s or a dementia diagnosis, and who recognize that so many in our community have limited resources to help navigate the long and winding journey that accompanies the diagnosis.
Federal, state, and county budgets for caregiver services and supportive facilities have been decimated over the past several years. Across the state, adult day care facilities and assisted living facilities are closing, leaving families to provide care and support for their loved ones at home, often with no assistance. It is estimated that for every person with the disease, there are one to three family members involved in hands-on care provision with many caregivers “sandwiched” between children and parents. Families at home deliver more that 75% of care. While family caregivers perform an important service for their loved ones, they often do so at considerable personal cost, placing their own health at risk. They are 3x more likely to report high rates of stress and depression, ultimately resulting in other serious health issues.
Why Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles?
Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles is the leading source of dementia-specific education, information, and support for those affected by Alzheimer’s in the counties we serve. We provide a wide range of programs and services, including:
- 24/7 Helpline; 844.HELP.ALZ staffed by volunteers and supervised by masters-level clinicians with translation services in more than 200 languages and dialects
- Support Groups for both caregivers and those living with the disease
- Care Counseling by masters-level clinicians offering assessments and action plans for families
- Education, training, and outreach programs for professionals, physicians, and the general public that increase awareness about the disease, improve accuracy in diagnostics, help improve service delivery and care in facilities, and encourage participation in advocacy efforts that will change the trajectory of the disease
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