By the time you finish reading this, at least one person will have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in the United States.
Our society faces a daunting challenge in our efforts to provide greater awareness for Alzheimer’s Disease – America’s sixth leading cause of death.(1) Within our client and staff community, we’ve experienced firsthand the destructive and debilitating power of this degenerative disease and the challenges of family caregiving.
One of our clients mentioned that “dealing with my parents’ aging and all the related issues affected everything in my life. I felt like I was living a high-speed wobble.”
At JOYN, our client’s well-being comes first.
That’s why we are proud to help raise awareness and provide critical information for family caregivers for World Alzheimer’s Month through our Seasons of Care Workshop.
About Alzheimer’s Disease
Approximately 50 million people live with Alzheimer’s and other dementias worldwide. Alzheimer’s disease is a chronic neurodegenerative brain disease that erodes memory and other mental functions.(2) According to the Alzheimer’s Association Georgia Chapter, there are currently 140,000 Georgian’s living with Alzheimer’s’ Disease. By 2025, the number is expected to catapult by almost 40% across the state.(3)
To date, there is no known cure.
With a patient’s heartbreaking deterioration of memory and motor functions comes tremendous strain on family members as they care for their elderly loved ones. Nearly 16.1 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias — with approximately 527,000 unpaid caregivers living in Georgia.(4)
Seasons of Care Workshop
In 2016, JOYN clients began asking for help and guidance on how to prepare and provide care for their family members. Many of our clients were under significant duress and needed immediate recommendations and support.
“While meeting with our clients to discuss their most pressing issues, family caregiving was highlighted,” said David Geller, CEO of JOYN.
“Soon, so many clients voiced their own personal stories that it overpowered our discussion board,” continued Geller. “It became clear that this was a monumental challenge our clients were facing and that they needed help.”
So, we listened. Two years of research and countless development hours later, we created our Seasons of Care Workshop to provide people with helpful information on how to navigate the familial, emotional, and financial challenges related to family caregiving.
In most families, each member plays multiple roles that have distinctive characteristics that affect how a family manages elder care. Through our Seasons of Care Workshop, attendees explore how to redefine family roles to promote more effective caregiving.
Furthermore, workshop attendees gain a tactical document checklist, Georgia legal forms, a list of caregiving specialists, and other important resources to help prepare for the rigors of caring for elderly family members and loved ones.
Yet, one of the most impactful elements of the workshop is its cathartic nature. Family caregivers are encouraged to share similar experiences and insights with those just beginning or preparing for their family caregiving journey.
This World Alzheimer’s Month, if you and your family are currently or planning to care for an elderly loved one, please consider joining us for our Seasons of Care Workshop.