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CARING FOR THOSE WITH DEMENTIA

MUCH RESPONSIBILITY of caregiving for people with dementias is provided by loved ones. In fact, the Alzheimer’s Association reported in 2015 that 177,000 Connecticut residents care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. These dedicated family and friends provide 202 million hours of unpaid care, valued at $2.5 billion.

The Association also reports early and accurate diagnoses could save up to $7.9 trillion in medical and care costs. Be sure to know the 10 early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s by clicking here.

CCC offers care-at-home management services for people with dementias. If the individual qualifies for home and community-based services, we can help through the CT Home Care Program, Personal Care Assistance, Community First Choice, and Money Follows the Person. Click here for detailed information.

HERE ARE ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO HELP CAREGIVERS:

1. Available here are care training resources for loved ones, provided by the Alzheimer’s Association. Click here to find caregiver support groups near you.

2. At www.alzconnected.org, the Alzheimer’s Association hosts a free online community for people with Alzheimer’s, caregivers and loved ones to share concerns and get advice, year-round.

3. The CONNECTIONS project, a grant initiative once operated in Connecticut, established Cognitive Training programs in three areas. You can learn more here, and see a directory of project partners.

4. Area Agencies on Aging offer The National Family Caregiver Support Program, which provides information and in-depth assistance, such as medical supplies and respite to caregivers of older adults. Click here to learn more about the program.

5. Also available is the Alzheimer’s-focused Connecticut Statewide Respite Care Program. This break to caregivers strengthens their ability to continue providing. Learn more here.

6. Special Needs Plans (SNPs) are a type of Medicare Advantage plan, which can specialize in coverage for beneficiaries with dementia. You can find out more about them here.


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