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Alzheimer's may be costing your business more than you know
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More than 15 million Americans are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. It’s likely that you have – or will have – employees who are struggling to balance the demands of work and caregiving.

The Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter is bringing together corporate leaders to discuss how Alzheimer’s is affecting the workplace and ways we can support your employees. You can help!

Consider hosting a breakfast, lunch or other gathering of colleagues, clients, friends, and others you think would like to learn more about the nation's sixth-leading cause of death. For more information, contact Cindy Schelhorn at cindy.schelhorn@alz.org or 703.766.9005.


Seventy-five percent of Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers reported that they were employed while fulfilling care responsibilities. Nearly one-third are “sandwich generation” caregivers – caring for both someone with the disease and a child or grandchild.

Alzheimer's disease has a negative effect on employment, income and financial security. Consider the facts:

  • 54% had to go in late, leave early or take time off
  • 15% had to take a leave of absence
  • 13% had to take a less demanding job
  • 13% had to go from working full to part time
  • 15% had to quit work.

Alzheimer's caregivers frequently report experiencing high levels of stress. Symptoms include:

  • Denial about the disease and its effect on the person who’s been diagnosed.
  • Anger at the person with Alzheimer’s or others; angry that no cure exists and that people don’t understand what’s happening.
  • Social withdrawal from friends and activities that once brought pleasure
  • Anxiety about facing another day and what the future hold
  • Depression that begins to break your spirit and affects your ability to cope.
  • Exhaustion that makes it nearly impossible to complete necessary daily tasks.
  • Sleeplessness caused by a never-ending list of concerns.
  • Irritability that leads to moodiness and triggers negative responses and reactions.
  • Lack of concentration that makes it difficult to perform familiar tasks.
  • Health problems that begin to take their toll, both mentally and physically.

The Alzheimer’s Association is here to help. Our online Care Center, message boards and local support groups are good sources of information and support.

Alzheimer’s Workplace Alliance (AWA) partners with businesses, governments and organizations so that they can help employees learn about the warning signs of Alzheimer’s and be a source of information and support for employees, their families and the community. Membership is free. Join AWA and be part of a nationwide network of organizations that are addressing the Alzheimer's crisis. To learn more, contact Cindy Schelhorn at cindy.schelhorn@alz.org or at 703.766.9005.

 


 

Alzheimer's Association

Our vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease®.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.