Alzheimer's report says young caregivers need more support

Hadas Kuznits
May 31, 2018 - 9:34 pm



PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A recent report on Alzheimer's disease indicated young caregivers need more support. 

The recently released study by UsAgainstAlzheimer’s and the USC Roybal Institute on Aging — "Millennials and Dementia Caregiving in the United States" — reported 79 percent of young caregivers experienced emotional distress when caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's.  

Julie Thomas, associate director of clinical services for the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, wasn't surprised at all by that statistic.

"Actually, about a year ago the Alzheimer's Association did a survey and they found that was the No. 1 issue for millennials, the stress associated with it," she said.

Thomas said one of the biggest reasons for that stress is the lack of awareness.

"People don't really know what they're dealing with initially," she added. "With the amount of people who we know are getting Alzheimer's, just getting people diagnosed is an issue."

The study also reported that one in six millennials is caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's.

But there are a lot of resources available, both online and in person.

"We often tell people no matter what age they are, as a caregiver, you cannot do this job alone in caring for a person with dementia," Thomas said.