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Johns Hopkins Bayview News - Memory Center Provides Hope and Support for Caregivers

Fall 2014

Memory Center Provides Hope and Support for Caregivers

Date: October 6, 2014

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More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and as many as 16 million will have the disease by 2050. While there currently is no cure, there is a lot that can be done to help patients and their caregivers live better, fuller lives. And no one understands that more than the team at the Johns Hopkins Memory & Alzheimer’s Treatment Center.

In addition to the innovative care provided to patients, the Memory Center team also offers resources and support to caregivers through its Patient Family Advisory Council, caregiver support group, and educational workshops and conferences. Nurses, occupational therapists and social workers who specialize in the care of Alzheimer’s patients also teach caregivers how to care for their loved ones and tend to their own mental health needs.

“It has been proven that caregivers of those with dementia suffer more stress and psychological and medical conditions than other caregivers,” says Constantine Lyketsos, M.D., MPH, director of the Memory Center. “Caregivers serve as a lifeline for dementia patients, so they must be prepared to help and support their loved one. It is critical that they take care of themselves. A healthy caregiver means a healthy patient.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment with the Johns Hopkins Memory & Alzheimer’s Treatment Center, call 410-550-6337.