Job offer: For the position you have to be reachable by phone 24 hours a day. The salary is zero. In fact, you pay an average of $ 10,697 a year to do a job that can negatively impact your health and shorten your life. Average working time: 8 to 10 years, although some hold the position 20 or more years.
Too good to be true? This is the job of an unpaid caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia. By 2018, there are 28,000 Wyomingites working in this job, among the 16 million people in the US doing the same job for love and not for the money.
November is the month of Alzheimer's disease and the month of national caregivers for the family.
The care of Alzheimer's isolated – alone in a crowd of 16 million.
· The Association website: www.alz.org/Wyoming provides a wealth of information and resources.
For More Information Care, Search for Aids and Support, call 307.287.6569.
Here are some interesting facts about those who are volunteer caregivers of relatives living with dementia:
· Most are women. About two-thirds of unpaid caregivers are women.
· Women who take care of women. Almost two-thirds of dementia patients are women.
· 18.4 billion hours. So many unpaid care hours were spent in 2017 in the US, who are living with relatives and friends with dementia.
· $ 232 billion. That's the value of hours of unpaid care ($ 12.61 / hour on average).
o These are many hamburgers. This unpaid care value is more than ten times McDonald's total revenue in 2017 ($ 22.8 billion).
· Depression is common. Between 30 and 40 percent of people with dementia suffer from depression, compared with 5 to 17 percent of non-caregivers of a similar age.
· A high-stress job. Almost 60 percent of relatives of people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia report high to very high emotional stress, while 38 percent report high to very high levels of physical stress.
· It could kill you. A Stanford University study reported that carers have a 63 percent higher mortality rate than non-carers, and 40 percent of Alzheimer's caregivers die of stress-related disorders from the person they care about.
· Double difficulties. One in four respondents is the "sandwich generation" caregiver, ie he looks after children under the age of 18 as well as an aging parent.
· Experience not required. Half of all dementia patients (51 percent) say they have no medical / nursing experience and often do not have the information or resources needed to manage complex drug regimens.
· "No" is not an option. Respondents often said they had no choice as to whether or not they could take on the role of carers.
· High education. About 40 percent of people with dementia have at least a university degree, if not more.
41 percent of caregivers have a household income of 50,000 US dollars or less.
· Almost half is used. Despite the physical, emotional and financial burdens, 45 percent of nurses surveyed by the Alzheimer's Association said the experience was "very rewarding."
· Most frequently voiced concern: "Nobody gets it." Alzheimer's nurses often state that others are doing so particularly Those who are not themselves nurses do not understand the pressures and challenges that people face due to the unpredictable See behaviors and sleep patterns of the person with dementia.
· The hardest choice. The majority of caregivers acknowledge that the hardest decision they have ever made is the decision when they can no longer look after a loved one, and it is time to move him or her to a sheltered home.
Wyoming-specific care statistics
· 28,000 unpaid caregivers in 2017 for nearly 10,000 people with dementia.
· 31 million hours of unpaid care worth $ 396 million.
"Taking care of a loved one with dementia is common in many areas. This is the most difficult task a family member or friend will ever have," said Janet Lewis, executive director of the Wyoming Alzheimer's Chapter & # 39; s Association. "That's why caregivers are at the heart of a significant portion of the services offered by our association."
The information, programs, and services that the Alzheimer's Association provides to Wyoming families free of charge include:
· Educational courses on the following topics:
o Know the 10 signs: Early detection – If you or someone you know experiences memory loss or behavioral changes, it's time to learn the facts. Early detection of Alzheimer's disease gives you the opportunity to begin drug therapy, participate in clinical trials and plan for the future. This interactive workshop will feature video clips from people with Alzheimer's disease to highlight the challenges they face on a daily basis.
o Dementia Conversations – A workshop that provides tips on how to have honest and caring conversations with family members about going to town Doctor who decides when to stop driving and make financial and legal plans  o Effective Communication Strategies – Learn to decipher verbal communication and behavioral communication with a loved one with Alzheimer's dementia or other dementias. The participants leave strategies with meaningful connection to people suffering from early, middle and late stage dementia.
o Healthy life for the brain and body: tips from the latest research – Learn more about research in the areas of nutrition and nutrition. Exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, as well as hands-on tools to integrate these recommendations into a healthy aging plan.
o Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer's Disease – This workshop is hosted by a lawyer who is a volunteer for the Alzheimer's Association is intended for anyone who wants to know more about what legal and financial aspects and how a plan should be drawn up.
o Other classes include:
§ Understanding of Alzheimer's and dementia
§ Living with Alzheimer's for people with Alzheimer's and early-care partners
§ Living with Alzheimer's: For middle-aged caregivers
§ Life with Alzheimer's: for late-days caregivers
§ Living with Alzheimer's: for people with a younger onset Alzheimer's
§ Understanding and responding to dementia-related behavior
· Self-help groups made up of other nurses.
· The club's free 24/7 hotline (800-272-3900), provided by trained professional counselors to answer questions, direct people to resources in their community, deal with issues that are annoying for the caregiver, and much more. The helpline is staffed by bilingual English-Spanish advisers and translation services are available in more than 200 languages and dialects.