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IDPH, Alzheimer’s Association offer resources for caregiver support


The Alzheimer’s Association and Iowa Department of Public Health are partnering in November, which is National Family Caregivers Month and National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, to raise awareness of the importance of supporting caregivers. In Iowa, more than 73,000 family and friends provide care to more than 66,000 individuals living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. In 2020, 11 million people nationwide, which represents nearly half of all caregivers, provided care to someone living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Compared with caregivers of people without dementia, twice as many caregivers of those with dementia indicate substantial emotional, financial and physical difficulties. Because of all of the challenges that caregivers face, it is imperative that they have access to support and resources to help them manage their own health and well-being while caring for their loved one. The Alzheimer’s Association offers many free resources to caregivers, including the 24/7 help line (800-272-3900), local support groups, and education programs and information on its website – alz.org/iowa – which offers tips on daily care, information on legal and financial planning, the stages of the disease, and more. Resources from the IDPH Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Dementias Program can be found at this link.

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