Grant will help fam­ily deal­ing with Alzheimer’s dis­ease

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CH­ESTER — A Ch­ester fam­ily has been se­lected to re­ceive an Alzheimer’s and De­men­tia Care Re­lief Grant from Hi­lar­ity for Char­ity, a movement es­tab­lished with the Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion and led by ac­tors and writ­ers Lau­ren Miller Ro­gen and Seth Ro­gen to in­spire change and raise aware­ness of Alzheimer’s dis­ease. Last year, Hi­lar­ity for Char­ity an­nounced its part­ner­ship with the lo­cal Home In­stead Se­nior Care of­fice to of­fer grants to el­i­gi­ble U.S. and Cana­dian fam­i­lies for in­home care ser­vices pro­vided by pro­fes­sion­als trained in how to most ef­fec­tively and com­pas­sion­ately as­sist in­di­vid­u­als with Alzheimer’s dis­ease and other de­men­tias.

“Cur­rently, there is no cure or ef­fec­tive treat­ment to slow the pro­gres­sion of Alzheimer’s dis­ease — there is only care,” says Ro­gen, co-founder of Hi­lar­ity for Char­ity whose mother-in-law was di­ag­nosed with early on­set Alzheimer’s at the age of 55. “Un­til there is a cure, my wife and I are com­mit­ted to also fight­ing to im­prove the ac­cess to qual­ity care for fam­i­lies.”

A dev­as­tat­ing dis­ease for the pa­tient, Alzheimer’s can also be a trau­matic, lifeal­ter­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the es­ti­mated 15 mil­lion friends and fam­i­lies in the U.S. who pro­vide care for their loved ones while jug­gling full-time jobs, rais­ing chil­dren and main­tain­ing their own health.

“Alzheimer’s is a fam­ily dis­ease, and we see first­hand the over­whelm­ing im­pact that this di­ag­no­sis has on both the di­ag­nosed and the fam­ily care­givers,” said Jenna Marchi, owner of the Home In­stead of­fice serv­ing Mid Shore that will be pro­vid­ing this much-needed care to the grant re­cip­i­ents. “Whether it is ap­ply­ing for one of the many grants still avail­able or ex­plor­ing other free sup­port re­sources such as care­giver train­ings, we en­cour­age fam­i­lies cop­ing with Alzheimer’s dis­ease and other de­men­tias to seek out the help they so des­per­ately need.”

Grant re­cip­i­ents are given a des­ig­nated num­ber of hours of in-home care from a Home In­stead Care­givers with train­ing and ex­pe­ri­ence car­ing for those liv­ing with Alzheimer’s dis­ease and other de­men­tias. Th­ese hours may al­low a fam­ily care­giver to spend time on ne­glected per­sonal needs, such as er­rands or ap­point­ments, or even just a chance to re­lax and spend time with fam­ily and friends — all while they can have the peace of mind that their loved one is be­ing cared for by a highly skilled, pro­fes­sional Home In­stead Care­giver in the com­fort of his or her home.

Fam­ily care­givers are in dire need for ad­di­tional sup­port as they face in­creased fis­cal, phys­i­cal and men­tal chal­lenges. Ac­cord­ing to the Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion, more than one-third of Alzheimer’s and de­men­tia care­givers re­port symp­toms of de­pres­sion, more than 70 per­cent of work­ing care­givers suf­fer work-re­lated dif­fi­cul­ties, and more than half of care­givers re­port de­clin­ing health since they’ve pri­or­i­tized the care of their loved ones and ne­glected their own health. As a re­sult, many chronic con­di­tions such as heart dis­ease, can­cer and di­a­betes oc­cur at nearly twice the rate among fam­ily care­givers.

“Seth and I are for­tu­nate enough to be able to pro­vide round-the-clock care for my mother, which has been one of the only things that has made this heart­break­ing dis­ease even some­what man­age­able,” said Miller Ro­gen. “We are de­ter­mined to pro­vide other Alzheimer’s fam­i­lies with the care and sup­port that they so des­per­ately need, and this pro­gram is an im­por­tant step in do­ing just that.”

The Alzheimer’s and De­men­tia Care Re­lief Grant Pro­gram is funded by Hi­lar­ity for Char­ity do­na­tions, in­clud­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s an­nual va­ri­ety show fundraiser in which nearly $1 mil­lion was raised in 2014. To sup­ple­ment this fund­ing, United States- and Canad­abased Home In­stead Se­nior Care fran­chise own­ers have pledged more than 37,000 hours of in-home care ser­vices. In­di­vid­u­als liv­ing in Canada or the U.S. and pro­vid­ing care to one of the es­ti­mated nearly six mil­lion loved ones in North Amer­ica liv­ing with Alzheimer’s dis­ease are el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Alzheimer’s and De­men­tia Care Re­lief Grant Pro­gram, in­clud­ing how you can do­nate or ap­ply for a care re­lief grant, visit www.HelpForAlzheimer­sFam­i­lies.com.

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