You Aren’t Alone in Caring for a Cincinnati Senior with Dementia

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According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, the majority of senior care given in the United States is provided by family caregivers just like you. Whether you’re running home during your lunch break to take your father to his doctor’s appointment or rearranging your entire life to accommodate the daily care needed by a loved one. You are one of more than 44 million hardworking adults that “make up the backbone of the… long-term care system” for older adults in the United States.

When you’re putting so much effort into making sure that your loved one stays happy and healthy, it can be a struggle to remember to take care of your own needs.

It’s easy to get burned out as a caregiver if you’re on call 24/7 without any time for yourself, and caregiving takes on special challenges when you must also provide memory support for a senior with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

If you’ve been caring for a parent or other loved one with Alzheimer’s, it’s important to know that you aren’t alone.

Dementia and Alzheimer’s in Ohio

National data collected by the Alzheimer’s Association offer a state by state comparison of the prevalence and impact of Alzheimer’s in the United States.

With the number of adults over the age of 65 rising year over year, we’ve seen a corresponding increase in the number of adults with Alzheimer’s and dementia—both in our state and at a national level.

In Ohio, we rank sixth when it comes to commonness of Alzheimer’s within the senior population.

With more than 230,000 Alzheimer’s patients recorded last year, we fall behind only the more populous states of California (480,000), Florida (450,000), Texas (340,000), New York (320,000), and Pennsylvania (280,000).

Professional Memory Support and Dementia Care throughout the State

reminder for alzheimer patientMany seniors who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s will receive care from a skilled nursing facility at some point during the progression of their disease—most typically in homecare services, adult day care, or temporary respite programs.

A surprisingly small number of seniors with Alzheimer’s disease live at a nursing home full time.

In 2009, there are about 190,000 older adults living in nursing homes throughout the state of Ohio. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the majority of those residents did not enter the facility for memory support services.

  • Only about 42% of all residents exhibit the moderate or severe cognitive impairment of full-blown Alzheimer’s disease.
  • The greater majority of nursing home residents, about 57%, show little to no symptoms of cognitive decline. Only 27% of all residents have mild cognitive decline and about 30% have no cognitive impairment at all.

If not even 100,000 of Ohio’s nursing home residents are dementia patients, who, then, is providing care for the majority of our state’s 230,000 seniors with Alzheimer’s?

The short answer is you and people like you.

Alzheimer’s Care in the Community

When it comes to caring for our beloved elders, in following with the general trend of senior care, the bulk of the caregiving burden has been taken up by family or friends.

“An estimated 60 to 70 percent of older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia live in the community,” reports the Alzheimer’s Association.

In 2012, Ohio boasted some 586,878 volunteer caregivers who worked nearly 670 million hours providing $8,100,243,871 worth of care.

Even those older adults who do receive professional care generally have a family caregiver, too.

“Fewer than 10% of older adults receive all of their care from paid workers,” says the American Alzheimer’s Association. Upwards of 80% of all care that a senior with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia receives at home is provided by a family member or close friend.

Support for the Caregiver

If you’re one of the many adults in southern Ohio providing care for a loved one with dementia, you don’t have to go it alone.

No matter what caregiving choices you make, make sure their decisions that ensure both you and your loved one keep living well.

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Bryan Reynolds
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October 21, 2013
Bryan Reynolds is the Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS). Bryan is responsible for developing and implementing ERS' digital marketing strategy, and overseeing the website, social media outlets, audio and video content and online advertising. After originally attending The Ohio State University, he graduated from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where he earned a Bachelor of fine arts focused on electronic media. Bryan loves to share his passion for technology by assisting older adults with their computer and mobile devices. He has taught several classes within ERS communities as well as at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute run by the University of Cincinnati. He also participates on the Technology Team at ERS to help provide direction. Bryan and his wife Krista currently reside in Lebanon, Ohio with their 5 children.

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