Program offered on ‘Caregiver Stress’

The Bradford County Library will present Jeffrey Dauber, education and outreach coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association’s Greater PA Chapter, discussing  “Caregiver Stress” on Thursday, April 27 at 5 p.m.

Alzheimer’s caregivers devote a significant amount of time and energy to the person with Alzheimer’s disease. Too often caregivers do not recognize their own needs, fail to do anything about them, or do not know where to turn for help.

More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and most of these caregivers are immediate family members. In 2015, these people provided nearly 18 billion hours of unpaid care, a contribution to the nation valued at over $221.3 billion. Unpaid caregivers provide 85 percent of the care in the community for people with Alzheimer’s, and this care is provided for a longer time, on average, than care provided to older adults with other conditions. 

Dementia caregivers are more likely to experience high levels of emotional stress, depression, anxiety, impaired immune system response, health impairments, lost wages and depleted finances than non-caregivers.

Jeffrey Dauber is the education and outreach coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association’s Greater PA Chapter, Wilkes-Barre office. He provides coverage for 13 counties in NE/NC Pennsylvania. Jeffrey holds a certificate in Elder Care Services (CESC). He is pleased to have the opportunity to provide care and support for families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at (570) 297-2436. The Bradford County Library is located 1-mile west of the town of Burlington. 

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