One in ten individuals age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s dementia.

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month. The Alzheimer’s Association is marking these events by recognizing and honoring the estimated 597,000 Ohioans who are currently caring for a person living with Alzheimer’s.

According to a recent Alzheimer’s Association survey, people overwhelmingly agree (91 percent) that caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia should be a group effort among family or close friends, yet one out of three caregivers are not engaging others in caregiving tasks. More than four in five caregivers would have liked more support in providing care for someone with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, especially from their family. With 15 million Alzheimer’s caregivers nationwide, that leaves a lot of people in need of support.

Call the toll-free Helpline at 800-272-3900 and speak with a dementia expert any time of the day or night. Master’s degree-level counselors and social workers are available 24/7.

“As a member of the Speaker’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s and Dementia, I am proud to have both the The Alzheimer’s Association Cleveland Area Chapter and The Greater East Ohio Area Alzheimer’s Association provide much needed services to my constituents,” said Rep. LaTourette. “The fact that individuals can call the 24/7 Helpline and receive helpful information and support from reliable staff, is just such a great resource.”

Whether you need information about the disease, medications, treatment options, safety, caregiving, local resources in Geauga or Portage County, services, referrals and problem-solving through complex care issues, or you just want to talk to someone who gets it—we are here for you—and as close as your telephone. All services are free of charge.

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