Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia currently affect more than 5.3 million people in America. This growing problem can leave family caregivers and those with Alzheimer's disease feeling frightened and alone. El Dorado County Senior Day Care Services is reaching out to share information about the many local resources and programs that can help those with Alzheimer's disease and their family caregivers.
"We are here to help inform, support and advocate for people who have any type of dementia," said Wanda Demarest, supervisor of Senior Day Care Services in Placerville. "Over the past 30 years working with people who have dementia, I have seen the struggles they experience. There is real a sense of confusion and loss that most people don't understand unless they are also going through the same thing."
According to Demarest, being willing to lean on others and seek their support is critical when it comes to dementia. "You don't have to go through this alone," Demarest said. "In fact, there are real benefits in joining local caregiver support groups or participating in programs such as the Senior Day Care Program. We find that people with dementia generally do better when they are around their peers. Being physically and socially active is good for the brain, too."
Local programs and services of Senior Day Care Services include:
For information about Senior Day Care Services, call (530) 621-6180 in the Placerville area or (916) 358-3560 in El Dorado Hills. Additional information, and a copy of "When You Suspect Dementia: A Guide to Community Resources," can also be found online at www.edcgov.us/hhsa. Senior Day Care Services is a program of the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency.
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