The number of people suffering Alzheimer’s disease is expected to continue to increase from 5.4 million today to 75.6 million Americans by 2030.
Alzheimer’s, which afflicts mostly older people, is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. The 15 million unpaid caregivers for people with Alzheimer’s also is expected to rise.
Because of the disturbing numbers for the disease for which there is no known cause or cure, Home Instead Senior Care offices in the Kansas City area have announced that during September, which is designated as World Alzheimer’s Month, it will offer training to make businesses more Alzheimer’s friendly. The company will provide the free training for employees of area businesses so workers will be better able to welcome and accommodate families caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease.
Home Instead Senior Care was founded in 1994, providing care, support and education to improve the lives of aging adults and their families. The network is a leading provider of in-home care services for seniors.
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A recent survey of close to 800 Alzheimer’s family caregivers found that 74 percent reported that they and their loved ones with the disease have become more isolated from the community. Also, 85 percent reported a reduced quality of life because of the isolation that the disease causes.
Caregivers are continually uncertain how the person with Alzheimer’s might react in public and how employees in businesses like grocery stores, drugstores and shopping malls might then respond. The training for area businesses should help people better understand the disease and its effect on those who have it.
Home Instead Care office will coordinate an in-person training. The training also is available online at AlzheimersFriendlyBusiness.com. Companies that take part will be able to display a Alzheimer’s Friendly Business window tag.