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Alzheimer’s association east central Iowa chapter presents community education program

Clinical Neuropsychologist at Cedar Valley Neuropsychology Services to discuss caregiver stress and ways to manage it

November 2, 2014
Reinbeck Courier

The Alzheimer's Association East Central Iowa Chapter will host a community presentation for family caregivers of those with Alzheimer's and related dementias on Saturday, Nov. 8, 1-2 p.m. at the Hawkeye Community College Center for Business and Education in Cedar Falls. Dr. Karla Brennscheidt, a clinical neuropsychologist from the Cedar Valley Neuropsychology Services in Cedar Falls, will discuss the definition of a caregiver, causes and signs of caregiver stress, risk factors and consequences of caregiver stress, and how to manage it.

In the United States, more than 5 million people have Alzheimer's, including an estimated 62,000 Iowa residents. In 2013, 15.5 million caregivers provided an estimated 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care valued at more than $220 billion, including 133,000 caregivers in Iowa providing an estimated 151 million hours of unpaid care valued at more than $1.8 billion.

All caregivers of people with Alzheimer's face a devastating toll. Due to the physical and emotional burden of caregiving, Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers had $9.3 billion in additional health care costs of their own in 2013. Nearly 60 percent of Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers rate the emotional stress of caregiving as high or very high, and more than one-third report symptoms of depression.

"Being a caregiver can be very stressful, and caregiver stress is common," says Sally Timmer, Programs and Advocacy Coordinator at the Alzheimer's Association East Central Iowa Chapter. "It is important to know what the risk factors of caregiver stress are and how to manage it so that the caregiver is able to stay healthy and in turn be a better caregiver for his or her loved one."

The Alzheimer's Association East Central Iowa Chapter helps those impacted by Alzheimer's disease and other dementias by providing education and support in east central Iowa, advocating for Alzheimer's-related legislative issues and advancing critical research toward methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure. For more information, visit, and to learn more about the Nov. 8 education program, call 800.272.3900.



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