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January 6, 2013

Alzheimer’s caregiver program to REACH into Parker County

The Alzheimer’s Association announced the expansion of Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health (REACH), a program that will address the needs of those in Parker County caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease at home.

An evidence-based program that provides one-on-one education and support for caregivers, REACH will be offered by the Alzheimer’s Association at no charge in Parker County thanks to a national grant from the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving. To launch the program’s expansion to Parker County, the Alzheimer’s Association will host “The Science Behind Caregiver Support,” a community presentation about Alzheimer’s disease and the impact of the diagnosis on families.

Presenters will include Laura Bauer, Director of National Initiatives at the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, and local Alzheimer’s expert Dr. Sheri Hull, founder of Brazos Regional Neurology. Open to the public, the event is slated for Friday, Jan. 25, from 10 a.m. until noon at Northside Baptist Church, 910 N. Main St. in Weatherford. The Alzheimer’s Association staff will be on hand to provide information about REACH and other local services. Reservations to attend the presentation can be made by calling 1-800-272-3900.

An estimated 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, including more than 340,000 Texans. Most individuals with Alzheimer’s are living in their own homes with care provided by their families.

“We know from research that caregivers who are supported throughout their caregiving journey are more likely to provide quality, safe care to their loved one, resulting in an improved quality of life for both,” according to Laura Bauer.  “We also know that those who care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease suffer the highest rates of burden and depression.  Evidence-based caregiver programs, such as REACH, have shown positive results in improving the health and well-being of caregivers.”   

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