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Below is an important article from our M4A partner,
Alzheimer's of Central Alabama. 

Alzheimer’s is a family disease. Every family has a unique story but all families share in the struggle to provide the best care possible for their loved one. More than 25 years ago, local family and support group members joined to create Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama (ACA) to promote research and provide services for local families living with dementia in its many forms. ACA helps families living with dementia who cannot afford the most basic necessities, like continence supplies and respite care.
 
The heart of what we do is helping families keep their loved one at home. Homecare isn’t always an option for many reasons including finances and the health and ability of the caregivers. When a caregiver decides to keep their loved one at home, ACA offers services that help make it possible.
 
Alzheimer’s disease is now the sixth leading cause of death in American.  Along with the entire country Alabama has seen an increase in the number of Alzheimer’s patients in the past decade. Millions of caregivers around the country have provided billions of hours of unpaid care.  Research is much needed, however these caregivers need the types of service we offer which give actual help now.    
 
ACA’s services give relief to specific challenges families face as their loved one progress from needing supervision to custodial care to nursing care. These services are available in 21 central Alabama counties which include Blount, Chilton, Shelby, St. Clair and Walker.
 
Adult Day Care Scholarships - When a patient should no longer be left at home alone, the family begins the difficult task of piecing together 24 hour a day custodial care. Adult day care is the most affordable option of care for families whose patient is physically able to attend. The patient receives appropriate stimulation, helping them stay mentally and physically active. The caregiver can go to work, attend to household tasks, take care of their own health needs and get the renewing break that is so essential for caregivers of loved ones with long term care needs.
 
ACA helps with the cost of day care for 75 Alzheimer’s patients to attend the adult day care center of their family’s choice. The program offers up to $250 per month or $3000 per year of respite care.
 
Continence Products Scholarships - There is no dignity for patients who do not have the continence care they need. Incontinence has been cited as the number one reason for institutionalization of dementia patients. Many families are unprepared to provide intimate care and the cost of supplies can be prohibitive. Until you are without something as basic as a clean diaper can you appreciate the hope a case of products delivered to your door can bring.
 
ACA provides a case of continence products delivered to the door of 110 families each month. Every delivery includes diapers, gloves and wipes. Products cost $50 per month or $600 per year. Without this assistance families would not be able to provide care at home, which would necessitate nursing home placement at taxpayer expense.
 
Project Lifesaver - Safety is one of the biggest concerns families face when a loved one begins having memory problems. Sixty percent of dementia patients will wander as they easily become distracted and confused. Because of ACA, over 525 patients at risk for wandering have worn a Project Lifesaver bracelet which emits a radio tracking signal to help locate them if they wander and become lost.
 
Although programs like this are supported by and available in many Alabama counties through local Sheriff’s departments, ACA provides the program in Jefferson County.
 
Research - Supporting services brings immediate help, hope and relief today. Funding research is investing in the future. ACA is focused on slowing and eventually curing this disease. By delaying the onset of symptoms by 5 years, we could cut the disease rate in half. Since 2001, ACA funded 24 research grants at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, The University of Alabama and Auburn University.
 

A Caregiver’s Story - Dorothy’s 70 year old husband, George, attends an adult day care with assistance from ACA. She tells us, “George is in better physical condition than me, which sometimes makes caring for him even more difficult. The scholarship gives him two days of day care, and gives me two days to focus on my own health. I use those days to get a little exercise and the scholarship helps me pay for my blood pressure medication. I need to stay healthy so I can be there for him.”

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February 28, 2017 - Shelby
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