Caregiving comes with many rewards and challenges. Younger caregivers of those living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia face their own set of difficulties. They are trying to juggle a growing career, help with day-to-day caregiving activities while many times not living in the same household, and bear some of the cost that comes with caring for a person living with dementia. Younger caregivers may also be considered “sandwich-generation” meaning they are currently caring for an aging parent and a young child. “Not only is it critical to provide care and support to these younger caregivers, it’s becoming increasingly important to educate younger generations on Alzheimer’s and dementia as no one ever pictures themselves becoming a caregiver at a young age but it is happening more and more,” says Lauren Ashburn, Director of Education and Training for the Alzheimer’s Association WNY, “With millions of people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia today, it’s on us and our communities including younger generations to understand what this disease is and to reduce the fear and avoidance often associated with it.”
This conference, geared towards ages 17-40 will provide an educational opportunity to learn about memory loss and normal aging, Alzheimer’s disease, and other forms of dementia. We will also discuss the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s, the importance of early detection, and provide valuable information on the critical resources and support in your community that can help.
Credit to Lauren Ashburn, Director of Education and Training | Alzheimer’s Association, Western New York Chapter for writing this for our conference.