Support group helps those caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s

Support group helps those caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and 15.2 million family and friends provide 17.4 billion hours of unpaid care to those with Alzheimer’s and dementia – care valued at $210.5 billion, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

It is these hours of caregiving that add a large amount of stress – both emotionally and physically – to a caregiver’s life.

“But, caregivers don’t need to do the walk alone,” said Linda Balogh, Alzheimer caregiver group facilitator and Advocacy and Public Policy coordinator with the Alzheimer’s Association, Southeast Florida Chapter.

Balogh understands firsthand the stress of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. Before being the group’s facilitator and working with the Alzheimer’s Association she was a caregiver to her mother.

“I first became a member of the group nine years ago while I working full time as an advocate for my mother,” she said.

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