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Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, changes behaviors and, eventually, the ability to carry out everyday tasks.

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease is a fact of life for one third of New Jersey residents. In a recent survey conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind, one-third (29%) of the respondents said that they are currently or have taken care of someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia. The majority of caregivers are essentially spread equally between the 35-59 and 60+ age groups, yet 16% of 18-34 year olds also serve in that role.

More than four in five (85%) said that caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease has had a negative impact on their emotional health. More women (42%) than men (31%) saying it has affected their emotional well being “a great deal.” More respondents ages 35-59 (47%) than in any other age group said they experienced a great deal of negative emotional effects. Thus, getting support is vital for the Alzheimer’s caregiver.

“These findings show that not only are there a significant number of people serving as caregivers – one third of the state of New Jersey – but that it takes an enormous toll on them, beginning with their emotional health. We know that caregiving can be overwhelming, which can lead to feelings of stress, isolation, lack of control and depression,” said Ken Zaentz, President and CEO of Alzheimer’s New Jersey.

“New Jersey caregivers need help, and that’s what we are here to provide. Our wide range of community programs and services offer hands-on support for families that are impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.”

Alzheimer’s New Jersey® (formerly the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to respond to the needs of people in New Jersey by providing programs and community partnerships that increase awareness and access to services. Visit alzNJ.org or call 973-586-4300.

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