Most people know someone who is affected by dementia, either directly or indirectly. With over 5 million active cases of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in the United States, this progressive brain disorder is a common challenge for its sufferers and their families and the problem is growing at an alarming rate. According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control, researchers expect the number of people living with the condition to double by 2060, and that estimate includes up to 3.3 percent of the U.S. population. Because of dementia’s growing prevalence, it’s important to be able to recognize the signs of dementia and know what it takes to care for someone who has it.
You Can’t Fill Someone Else’s Cup When Yours is Empty
It goes almost without saying that women tend to take on the role of caregiver whenever the need arises. As moms, daughters of aging parents, aunts, sisters, and friends, women are often the ones who take care of everyone else, typically putting the needs of others ahead of their own. Someone has to do the fixing, cleaning, driving, cooking, and all the things that need to get done for growing kids, ailing loved ones, and friends in need of support -- and it’s usually a woman.