When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia, it can be life-changing for the entire family. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disease that destroys memory and thinking skills and eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks of daily living. It is the most common cause of dementia and impacts over 500,000 New Jerseyans.
According to a recent telephone survey conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind on behalf of Alzheimer’s New Jersey, nearly two-thirds – or more than 68% – of New Jersey residents know someone who has or had Alzheimer’s or dementia. For those respondents who knew someone who has or had the disease, 71 percent were family members. As the disease progresses, individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s need increasing support with all aspects of their daily life and family members often assume those responsibilities.
Family caregivers often find that they have more questions than answers and may not know what their next steps should be. Becoming educated about Alzheimer’s disease, learning practical caregiving strategies, and using local resources are important for families. Gathering information can help relieve anxiety and stress. Learning about the disease and knowing what to expect can help caregivers feel more in control and better able to plan ahead. It is also important for family caregivers to learn ways to manage stress and care for themselves in the midst of caregiving. The sooner families seek information and support, the better.
Alzheimer’s New Jersey is presenting a workshop entitled “Alzheimer’s 101”, at the Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark on Friday, January 27 at 5:15PM at the Parsippany Hilton. This program provides a comprehensive overview for anyone who wants to learn about memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, and other forms of dementia. Information about risk factors and warning signs, steps to obtaining a diagnosis, and treatment options are discussed. Planning for the future, coping with behavioral and other changes, and accessing community resources are also reviewed.
About Alzheimer’s New Jersey
Alzheimer’s New Jersey, founded in 1985, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing programs and services to New Jersey families that are impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and helping to advance research for a cure. Formerly known as Alzheimer’s Association Greater New Jersey Chapter, our new name – Alzheimer’s New Jersey - reflects our commitment to individuals and families in our local communities. Over 500,000 New Jerseyans are struggling to cope with the daily challenges of Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
Alzheimer’s New Jersey offers Education and Training programs, Family Support Groups, the Respite Care and Wellness Program, a toll-free telephone Helpline, Always Safe, Care Consultations and the Clinical Trial Connections program. With our new name, our dedication to local programs and services is stronger than ever.
For more information about Alzheimer's disease or Alzheimer's New Jersey, please call (888) 280-6055, or visit the Web site at www.alznj.org.