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Families are the backbone of our nation’s caregiver system. Everyone who participates in family life may become a caregiver. This site includes a broad-range of information to assist family caregivers in this journey of love and commitment. Thank you for caring for these valuable human beings. Whatever your spiritual belief, someone is recording your many unwitnessed acts of kindness and devotion to the person with dementia.

JUST THE FACTS FOR the FAMILY CAREGIVER

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Dementia is a common disorder in people over age 65 (10%), and very common in those over age 85 (47%).

2.

Alzheimer’s disease only affects the brain and the patient may remain physically healthy.

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The average life expectancy of an Alzheimer’s patient is about 10 years.

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Most Alzheimer patients receive care from family (70%).

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Family pays for most long-term care of dementia patients.

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Management of the dementia patient is easier when the caregiver understands intellectual and psychiatric symptoms of the disease.

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Early treatment for Alzheimer’s disease slows admission to nursing homes by 2 years.

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Many dementia patients develop hallucinations (25%) and delusions (30%) that improve with medication.

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End-stage patients rarely benefit from feeding tube insertion, i.e., PEG tubes, or other extreme medical measures.

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Alzheimer’s disease destroys the brain and the mind; however, the soul remains intact for each human being afflicted with this disorder.

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