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The following article was posted on November 29th, 2012, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 13, Issue 38 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 13, Issue 38

Local senior care office educates family members about Alzheimer's disease

A recent survey conducted by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion found that Americans fear developing Alzheimer’s more than any other life-threatening disease.

Out of the 1,200 people surveyed, approximately 61 percent said they feel unprepared to care for a loved one diagnosed with the disease. If personally diagnosed, participants said they fear the inability to care for themselves and burdening others more than the loss of their memories.

“The survey confirmed what I frequently hear from family caregivers: People feel unprepared to care for a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s,” Tiffany Alcantara, owner of the San Luis Obispo County Home Instead Senior Care office, said in a press release. “The need for support and education for these families is critical.”

In response to the concerns documented in the survey, the SLO County Home Instead Senior Care office is offering free, in-person Alzheimer’s training sessions to local family caregivers.

A schedule of training programs is available at helpforalzheimersfamilies.com.

“The Home Instead Alzheimer’s CARE program will provide free counsel, support, and instruction to area family caregivers,” Alcantara added in the release. “We hope that by offering these workshops, more caregivers will be equipped with the proper knowledge and tools to face the everyday challenges of the disease.”

For more information about the Alzheimer’s CARE program or Home Instead Senior Care, call 773-3744.

School Scene is compiled by Managing Editor Amy Asman. Information should be sent to the Sun via fax, e-mail, or mail.