The Associated Press recently ran an article stating that "Alzheimer's Disease is the most expensive malady in the U.S." with direct costs almost twice that of heart disease and almost three times the cost of cancer.
Area families daling with dementia causing illnesses, like Alzheimer, can readily testify to the cost of medical and nursing care in addition to the lost wages a family incurs when a worker must stay home to take care of a dependent person.
With financial and volunteer assistance from the membership of the Statesboro Pilot Club, caregivers can receive a small part of that financial burden. Each month, on Fridays from 9:30am-1:30pm, family caregivers come to the Outrach Center at 515 Denmark Street and receive a package of incontinence supplies including adult diapers, barrier cream, hygiene wipes, bed pads and gloves.
Caregivers use this central location to pick up educational information from the Alzheimer's Association and to learn about the Project Lifesaver bracelets for people who wander.
Anyone with a diagnoisis of dementia who is not living in a nursing home or already receiving services through Hospice can use the Caring Closet after a physician signs a simple form from the Alzheimer's Association.
Contact the regional office of the Alzheimer's Association at 201 Television Circle, Savannah, 31406 to make a donation or to learn more about the services provided in this 15 county region call 1-800-272-3900. Contact the Pilot Club Statesboro at PO Box 922, 30459 or join us the third Thursday of the month at R.J.s Restaurant at 6:30pm.
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