According to the Alzheimer's Association, Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and is the only leading cause of death without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progress. Individuals and families caring for those with Alzheimer's and dementia often experience increasing emotional distress as the disease progresses, and more supervision and personal care is required. More than 15 million caregivers provided over 17 billion hours of unpaid care in 2012, resulting in $9.1 billion in additional health care costs of their own due to the physical and emotional impact.
It is important for caregivers to know that they are not alone. Fredonia Place is committed to doing its part to assist with the advancement of research to end Alzheimer's and dementia while enhancing care for those living with the disease. Fredonia Place, located just up the street from the heart of downtown Fredonia at 50 Howard St., announces that it will be hosting a monthly Alzheimer's support group meeting. Meetings will be held on the fourth Thursday of every month beginning this month. The first support group will take place on April 25 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the Winter Garden Theatre located on the first floor of Fredonia Place. The first group will focus on caregiver burn out.
"Caregiving requires a certain amount of selflessness, but it's important for caregivers to know their limits," said Jonelle Frazier Anderson, case manager at Fredonia Place.
From left, seated: Rita Lombardo, Cecil Weglewski, Victor Kawski (standing), Ed Pasierb and Jennie D’Amaro at Fredonia Place, supporters of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Refreshments will be served at the meeting and all are welcome to attend. The Alzheimer's Support Group is an initiative of the Alzheimer's Association of WNY. For more information and to register, contact the Alzheimer's Association at 1-800-272-3900 or visit www.alz.org.