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Bremer's Letter To the Editor,


Fri, Nov 15th, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Caring for a relative or friend with Alzheimer's disease is a difficult task and can require an enormous amount of patience. As the number of older adults who suffer from Alzheimer's disease increases and more individuals remain at home with the illness, the role of caregivers becomes an essential lifeline for those individuals.

November has been proclaimed National Alzheimer's Disease Month as well as National Family Caregivers Month. We remember those who have suffered and are still suffering from Alzheimer's disease. We recognize the various organizations and efforts that raise money every year to finance research, and provide literature on this disease that robs millions of their ability to remain themselves. We recognize the caregivers-- the spouses, adult children, relatives, neighbors or friends-- who make huge sacrifices in their lives to care for family members or friends.

As the Semcac Caregiver Advocate in Fillmore and Houston Counties, I have had the opportunity to meet and address the needs of numerous care givers. The act of caregiving consumes a great deal of time and can be very stressful. Caregivers may not always be aware of the services in the area that can benefit them, as well as the care receiver. My job is to support the caregivers in these counties so that they can better cope with the demands of their role and better meet the needs of their care receivers. The Semcac Caregiver Advocacy Program offers counseling and support and can connect caregivers and care receivers to various community resources. Caregivers can be adult children, spouses, neighbors or friends caring for an individual 60 years or older.

Jane Bremer,

Semcac Family

Caregiver Advocate

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