As many as 304,000 people in South Carolina are providing care for a loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease or dementia-related illness, according to the SC Alzheimers’ Association.
Thanks to a $40,000 donation from the South Carolina Elks Association, many of those caregivers can get help when they need a break from their responsibilities.
“It’s very important,” Vice President of Programs Sam Wiley said. “It’s going to be able to provide a little assistance for family caregivers to be able to perhaps take a break, maybe take care of their own health needs for a period of time so that they can also get back to continuing to provide long-term care for their loved ones in the home. So this money is tremendous. It’s going to be able to help many, many more families in South Carolina.”
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, about 86,000 people in South Carolina suffer from Alzheimer’s. The Association predicts that number will grow to 120,000 by 2025. [Read more…]