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When I wanna go now to our Chicago bureau there is a caregivers crisis happening right now and you've heard us talk about this on this program about alzheimer's.
And how many cases are burdening our homes our medical systems.
And really our culture here in America.
A major new report on the dramatic told that alzheimer's disease is taking on -- and caregivers.
In the United States right now has come out Carol Evans is the president of working mother media.
And she is here to talk with us about it this morning thank you for being here.
Thank you Harris glad to be here that the numbers are are staggering.
How many people are dealing with this but why particularly our women put upon the thing.
Well women -- are the primary caregivers in life in general.
And so and they really take on the responsibility themselves a lot of times when I'm talking to women who -- care giving for alzheimer's patients.
It's there in -- their mother -- -- their father in law.
Oftentimes in minority families it's even in extended family member and -- -- an uncle.
And you see this over and over again where moms you know they just take on the responsibility for the family.
And so the burden is falling squarely on women not to say that man.
Aren't doing some important care giving especially for their wives.
Because women are the dominant majority of patients as well but it's primarily women taking care of their in laws and their parents.
And that's you know it that it's a tough time for them.
It really as long were sandwiched two -- -- raising the kids as you pointed out I I wanna put some numbers on the screen here the burden of caregivers facing.
When they are managing alzheimer's disease is just astronomical.
82% of women.
Who are caring for alzheimer's patients are doing it alone at a home.
This is not easy I mean that the medical facilities.
With trained professionals will say.
In documentation I know I have a grandmother who's a hundred now in -- home.
In documentation as dementia and alzheimer's said and those are the toughest things to deal with out of all the health care issues that they.
-- Yes as it is -- Travis because it's not just a medical issue.
It's also tremendously -- an emotional issue.
The person loses their sense of who they are.
And they lose their whole connection to their past gradually.
And so it's difficult as they do as they -- are aware that they're losing their memory and then it's very difficult once.
There memory is loss because.
You know the people who are caring for them had have that sense that -- they know who this person is.
But the person might not know who they are it's heartbreaking.
It's physically difficult it.
The impact goes from.
Mental to physical and you know it's just a very difficult issue to care for.
Well and you know it's not just this one illness David Larsen writes a live -- my wife and I are helping care for my mother who has in now since 1989.
I just put out on the live -- -- which isn't constant stream of conversation we have with our again -- here.
I just posted this is scary to me.
It is scary it's scary everybody in the country and it's gonna get much much -- why -- are living longer.
Whether the crisis by Tony fifty is supposed to be is gonna explode.
And finally getting alzheimer's at this rate.
Well we're hearing other diseases and we're not hearing alzheimer's and alzheimer's really just tends -- You know set and it can be -- it can be but yet -- the net the reasons aren't known.
And and what happens really is that.
The caregiver is left with this burden that is especially poignant because.
They can't really communicate by the time they realize what they're dealing with.
They can't really communicate with their loved one about how they want to be cared for this is also it was very hard to diagnose.
People think that other things are wrong with them they don't think it's alzheimer's or dementia.
And they go through -- many many years.
Declining ability without knowing what's going not.
So just getting to a diagnosis it can be very costly and very difficult.
And then there's young but can they do.
Also offense anything is that people don't know a lot about this the alzheimer's associates -- puts out tremendous information.
You know they give -- the ten signs to -- to look for.
But many many people don't know those -- signs.
And -- real rub is that doctors don't talk to patients.
About aging and they don't talk to -- Sitting down as well I have a theory real quickly for all they don't spend enough time with us to talk -- -- about -- Exactly I mean that's why -- experience and let's let them for -- five and three year old.
I I consider the doctor down they -- it but when I go to the doctor they look at me and if -- fairly bright woman you're healthy you don't need to be here.
You look it up on the Internet you know I hear there's -- right.
Right doctors are not spending enough time and that's a very big shame but what we found in the survey was that most of them vast majority of women.
Even those 55 and older their doctors had never spoken to them about aging men never spoken to them about alzheimer's.
I don't have a theory there I -- I mean it's -- all sincerity that you tell me if I'm wrong Carol Evans.
People that are -- altering their their physique trying to look younger -- I think we have a hard time talent told anybody is anymore.
Well I think that's good for me -- You look I'm waiting on Larry Nelson -- seriously I think they really aren't as as a generation maybe as a society so resistant.
Looking our age we certainly don't want to talk about our -- That could be but our doctors should want to talk about -- -- no matter how great we look this is a medical issue.
All -- is will kill you eventually and so we need to be talking about is we need to know.
And you know they that early onset is -- very frightening I have met many wonderful people what's it like they're late.
How well they're in their late fifties early sixties and they have alzheimer's early onset.
-- I think they're calling it now younger all Cyrus.
And it is very frightening because you I was I met a wonderful guys CEO.
Who didn't they didn't know what was wrong with -- -- had to give up his data CEO at the age I think it was 6060 years old -- Move on because he had alzheimer's early onset.
And he didn't know it to -- -- a diagnosis was very difficult.
And he wasn't capable of managing his work the way he did before he's a great guy really fun -- -- -- wonderful person.
But you know to really face the fact that he's not capable.
-- -- doing what he was yeah.
Carol I wanna put some more numbers up on the screen the burden -- -- -- managing alzheimer's disease 39% say they feel they have no other choice.
Say they feel overwhelmed 36 report depression.
Have not had a vacation in the past year and I'm not talking gone on a cruise I me just take -- couple days away for a break.
Yes well this is really shocking to because.
The number of hours and trail shows some of those numbers and -- remember the number of hours at their care giving is huge.
And so the depression.
Is not just about the situation that their loved one is and it's about themselves.
You know there's a lot of lack of self care at this point you see that in the lead the reason we ask the vacation number.
Was because you know we know that first -- -- working mothers are notorious about not taking their vacations anyway.
But here they are sandwiched between these two issues and they're not taking care of themselves they eat in this is -- common for women.
Is to take care of ourselves last take care of our kids take care of our family our jobs our community.
And it all falls to us a depression setting in no surprise here.
-- and feeling of isolation I mean Harris can imagine how isolating this is.
Because you can't.
Take a minute to really even talked to other people about it because you -- just trying to problems out at every minute and to -- -- Where any answers -- -- you have a web site.
We have a website where he mother that com has a tremendous amount of information about this and this study the full study is on here.
Hires people to really take a look at this study.
Not only for what they can do for people that they know individually but what can their company do you know companies employ millions of people.
And and when you look at this caregivers.
These are people in the prime stage of their career.
Most of the caregivers -- fifty plus and so you look companies are faced with losing.
Talented employees do alzheimer's care giving our other types of elder care giving.
At a very fast rate.
And you know you we sought in the data women are not taking promotions they're not the feeling comfortable that they're able to do their job well.
So what can companies do.
And that great support system that companies can build for their employees.
This could have a profound impact on how alzheimer's.
Is dealt with in this country.
Carol Evans president of working mother media the website is working mother dot com.
We are so glad you joined us this morning and for more information alzheimer's in general -- up ALC dot or that's all.
-- work Carol thank you for being here we're.
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