"My wife, who has moderate dementia, participates in Care link 3 or 4 days a week. The experience gives her a chance to interact with others and to feel a part of something on those days when I have commitments outside of our home. Involvement in Care link activities is healthy for her and for our relationship. It is well worth the investment."
"I was hesitant to take my husband (who has mid to late stage Alzheimer's) to Care Link. Being a scholar and an intellectual, I was afraid that he would not "fit in." However, I was pleasantly surprised about his enthusiasm after the first day. Since he had always denied that he had any impairment, I knew he would not accept the idea that someone else had to care for him. So we called it his "Activity Day." While he does not always participate in the "activities", he always enjoys what is going on around him and loves the attention he receives from all the staff and other attendees. I am pleased to have 3/4 of a "day off" while I know he is being taken good care off. I feel blessed to have the time off from caregiver duties and enjoy time with friends. Care Link helps me maintain my life on a more even keel so that I can continue as a "caring" care giver."
"The best part is the "welcoming". The staff members joyfully call out my wife's name and ask her to join them, and this reassures her that she's in a safe place where people care about her."
"Most important is the energy and kind treatment that the staff bring to the group they serve. Secondly, the variety of activities is important to serve a diverse group's interest. Since Katharina is mostly blind, she favors the conversation, simple exercising, and MUSIC!!"
Stress of family caregiving for persons with dementia has been shown to impact a person’s immune system for up to three years after their caregiving ends, thus increasing their chances of developing a chronic illness themselves. Source: Drs. Janice-Kiecolt Glaser and Ronald Glaser, “Chronic stress and age-related increases in the proinflammatory cytokine IL-6.”
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, June 30, 2003
Family caregivers report having a chronic condition at more than twice the rate of non-caregivers. Source: Health and Human Services, Informal Caregiving: Compassion in Action. Washington, DC: Department of Health and Human Services. Based on data from the National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH), 1998 and the National Family Caregivers Association,
Random Sample Survey of Family Caregivers, Summer 2000, Unpublished and National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, Caregiving in the U.S., 2004.
American businesses can lose as much as $34 billion each year due to employees’ need to care for loved ones 50 years of age and older. Source: Metlife Mature Market Institute and National Alliance for Caregiving, MetLife Caregiving Cost Study: Productivity Losses to U.S. Business, July 2006.
10% of employed family caregivers go from full-time to part-time jobs because of their caregiving responsibilities. Source: National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, Caregiving in the U.S., 2004. Both male and female children of aging parents make changes at work in order to accommodate caregiving responsibilities. Both have modified their schedules (men 54%, women 56%). Both have come in late and/or leave early (men 78%, women 84%) and both have altered their work-related travel (men 38%, women 27%). Source: MetLife Mature Market Institute, Sons at Work: Balancing Employment and Eldercare, June 2003.
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