David Wasser oversees health and medical programming at RLTV. In this blog he provides background on the people and topics from To Not Fade Away:
The stress that comes with being a caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be extremely demanding and quite often overwhelming. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are nearly 15 million Alzheimer’s (AD) and dementia caregivers providing 17 billion hours of unpaid care valued at $202 billion. More than 60 percent of family caregivers report high levels of stress because of the prolonged duration of caregiving and 33 percent report symptoms of depression. Although memory loss is the most common symptom of AD, others include confusion, lack of orientation and changes in personality and behavior. Individuals with AD require escalating levels of care, management and provisions for their safety. Because the disease slowly gets worse, caregivers often spend a very long time in the caregiving role.