ALBUQUERQUE – In recognition of National Caregiver Month (November), the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter invites caregivers from across the state to attend the 17th Annual Caregiver Conference of the Alzheimer’s Association New Mexico Chapter, which is held will be held virtually on November 6, 2021.
The event is free and offers separate routes for professional and family caregivers.
This annual conference is the preeminent event covering the wide range of issues surrounding the provision of dementia care for professional and family caregivers. Participants will discover a wealth of useful and practical information designed to improve the experience of caregiving and help them overcome obstacles they may face.
This year’s theme is âBreaking down barriers: Exploring the challenges of caregivingâ.
âProviding care to people with dementia comes with many challenges; barriers to health support, access and equity should not be among them, âsays Tim Sheahan (executive director, Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter.)â Plus, many caregivers just don’t know what resources are theirs to navigate through this maze of options. This conference can help.
âWe know that caregivers already have the toughest job in the world,â says Ron Eppes (program director, Alzheimer’s Association, NM chapter). topics such as diversity, equity and inclusion, legal resources, health care coverage options, access to adult day care, clinical trials and much more.
The event takes place on Saturday, November 6, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Separate tracks are planned for professional carers and family carers. Registration and information on: https://alzcaregiverconference.vfairs.com. Or call 505-266-4473.
The event is free.
Please note that this year the conference will be a virtual event, due to the pandemic.
âThe caregivers and the people they care for generally represent vulnerable populations, and we want to protect them and their families as much as possible by hosting the event virtually,â said Sheahan. “This setting also allows caregivers across the state to attend in the safety and comfort of their own home.”
âWhile we consider this conference to be of equal importance to professional and family caregivers, holding the event in November also gives us the opportunity to celebrate National Caregiver Month,â adds Sheahan.
National Caregiver Month:
â¢ November is a time to publicly honor the millions of Americans who perform a very private and selfless act: caring for the more than 6 million people in the United States living with Alzheimer’s disease.
â¢ More than 11.2 million people – approximately 3.3% of the US population – are currently unpaid, volunteer caregivers for loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease. And November is a special month to honor this unique and dedicated group of people. Originally designated as National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, it was later expanded by President Bill Clinton to honor our country’s caregivers: National Family Caregiver Month.
âA lot of these people don’t even see themselves as caregivers,â Sheahan said. âThis is my motherâ¦ this is my husbandâ¦ this is my friendâ¦ The caregivers act out of love and loyalty for this special someone and give of themselves without expecting anything in return. The act of giving is its own reward.
Family care has a huge impact:
â¢ In the United States, family caregivers provide approximately 15.3 billion hours of unpaid care valued at nearly $ 257 billion.
â¢ Caregivers have a 63% higher death rate than non-caregivers, and 40% of Alzheimer’s caregivers die of stress-related disorders before the caregiver (Stanford University Study)
â¢ One in four caregivers is a ‘sandwich generation’, which means caring for children under 18 as well as an aging parent.
In New Mexico:
â¢ In our state alone, 85,000 caregivers provide 157 million hours of unpaid care. The total value of this unpaid care is $ 2.5 billion.
â¢ Many caregivers have health problems themselves, which they often overlook. In New Mexico, 56% percent of caregivers have their own chronic health problems, 34% report coping with depression.
âThere is more than it seems to being a caregiver of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease,â said Sheahan. “For many, it’s putting the person they love before themselves.”
In addition to the annual Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Conference, NM Chapter offers many services such as educational presentations, 24/7 help line (1-800-272-3900), research community resources, respite reimbursement program and other resources for caregivers. In particular, the chapter hosts support groups statewide to help these people get advice, guidance and a friendly ear from people like themselves who are experiencing the challenge of caregiving.
Registration and contact:
To register, view the agenda and speakers, or get more information about the Alzheimer’s Association’s 17th Annual New Mexico Chapter Caregiver Conference, visit: https://alzcaregiverconference.vfairs.com . Or call 505-266-4473.
To receive information about support groups or free caregiver training, email [email protected] (for support groups), [email protected] (for training.). You can also call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 free hotline at 800-272-3900 or go to www.alz.org/newmexico.
About NM Alzheimer’s Chapter
The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter is a non-profit organization that provides support, fundraising and advocacy on behalf of the 43,000 New Mexicans with Alzheimer’s disease and their 85,000 caregivers unpaid family members. Our vision: a world without Alzheimer’s or any other dementia. Our Mission: The Alzheimer’s Association is leading the way to end Alzheimer’s disease and all other dementias, by accelerating global research, promoting risk reduction and early detection, and optimizing the quality of care and support. For more information, call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 free hotline at 800-272-3900 or visit www.alz.org/newemexico.