A Guide for Alzheimer's Caregivers
November is Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, and at Reverse Mortgage Funding LLC (RMF), we’d like to recognize the amazing caregivers who look after their affected loved ones.
In the U.S., an estimated 6.5 million individuals age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer's. And an extraordinary 11 million provide unpaid care for them, as well as those suffering from other dementias.
Not only does Alzheimer’s impact the person diagnosed, but the disease also touches the entire family. There are many family caregivers who are committed to providing care at home for loved ones. But as the diseases changes a person’s cognitive and behavioral abilities, the challenges may grow.
Knowing where you can turn for support will help you maintain your own well-being — and the well-being of the person you’re caring for.
Help is a click away
The following organizations offer a variety of trusted resources for Alzheimer’s disease caregivers:
- Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. Resources for caregivers include: a free national helpline staffed by dementia-trained social workers; support groups; fact sheets and tip guides; and webinars from experts in the field.
- Alzheimer’s Association. This group offers community support for caregivers, every step of the way. You’ll find local in-person support groups and resources, as well as an online community and message forums.
- Alzheimers.gov. Find free information on treatment options, Medicare coverage and referrals to local community resources.
- Family Caregiver Alliance. Dementia caregiver resources include tips, guides and personal stories from other caregivers aimed to help improve the quality of life for caregivers.
- National Institute on Aging. From relevant news to the latest studies, the NIH offers resources specific to Alzheimer’s disease, from blog posts to safety checklists.
- Department of Health and Human Services. Learn about the National Family Caregiver Support Program and the Alzheimer’s programs and services in your community.
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Access Medicare and Medicaid information, forms resources and more to ensure your loved one has the coverage they need.
Don’t put your own future on hold
It’s easy to lose your sense of self when caring for another. But caring for yourself if one of the most important things you can do as a caregiver.
Take action and prepare for your future now — particularly financially, as many caregivers put paid work on hold to be there for an ill family member.
Depending on your age and homeowner status, you may want to consider a reverse mortgage loan as a tool for freeing up funds for daily expenses. This financial tool for older homeowners allows you to leverage the equity you’ve built up in your home, whether you need funds to cover your own medical costs, make home renovations or eventually supplement your retirement income.
The Reverse Mortgage Funding (RMF) experts are here to educate you on your options so you can see if this type of loan is right for you. Call RMF at (888) 277-1567 to learn more.
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