Alzheimer’s Association to host two family caregiver conferences in Snohomish County

First of 2 workshops this Saturday, Dec. 2
Nov 29, 2017

The Alzheimer’s Association, Washington State Chapter is hosting two annual family caregiver conferences this winter.

These conferences are designed for dementia family caregivers looking to learn new information about Alzheimer’s and dementia, engage in conversations about caregiving, receive encouragement and connect with other family caregivers.

Alzheimer's takes a devastating toll on caregivers.

Compared with caregivers of people without dementia, twice as many caregivers of those with dementia indicate substantial emotional, financial and physical difficulties.

Approximately two-thirds of caregivers are women and 34 percent are age 65 or older.

41 percent of caregivers have a household income of $50,000 or less.

Approximately one quarter of dementia caregivers are "sandwich generation" caregivers, meaning that they care not only for an aging parent, but also for children under age 18.

Last year in Washington, 335,000 family and friends provided 382 million hours of unpaid assistance to loved ones with Alzheimer's and other dementia. That is a value of $4.8 billion dollars.

The first event is Saturday, Dec. 2 at Everett Community College.

The second is Saturday, Feb. 3 at Edmonds Community College.

Registration is open and you can register by visiting alzwa.org or by calling 206-363-5500 ext. 8169

Snohomish County Long Term Care & Aging and Verdant Health Commission enable family caregivers to attend free, and underwrite these conferences.

For more additional information about these two free conferences, contact Debbie Williams at either dwilliams@alz.org, 206-529-3887 or 206-965-5404.

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