OMAHA, Neb. – May 2, 2014 — As the world population ages, diseases such as Alzheimer’s become more prevalent. And with a surplus of people who need care, there is often a shortage of those who are able and willing to give care. Paul Hogan, chairman and co-founder of Home Instead Senior Care, will address ways to support caregivers at the 29th Alzheimer’s Disease International Conference.
As the conference theme Working Together for a Global Solution suggests, Hogan will join other speakers from around the globe May 1-4, 2014 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to discuss solutions on providing care for individuals with Alzheimer’s. For Hogan, the solution must include the carer.
“It is important to focus on the disease, but it is also equally important to focus on the carer,” said Hogan who also serves as vice chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Aging. “Until there is a cure, we must care for the carer.”
According to the World Alzheimer Report, the number of dependent seniors in the world will rise from 101 million in 2010 to 277 million in 2050. And of those seniors, more than 35 million have Alzheimer’s disease.
Carer support becomes increasingly more important as the number of people transitioning into carer roles rises. In fact, 44 percent of people over the age of 50 who live in established countries currently serve as carers.
Hogan called for early support for carers, “Today, I implore all of you to let these carers know help is available. Work to connect carers with resources early and often – not late and at the point of desperation.”
Hogan adds that organizations can increase caregiver support in a variety of ways.
“At Home Instead Senior Care, one of our goals is to work to connect carers with resources early and often,” said Hogan. “If the entire Alzheimer’s community would increase and enhance their community resources, it would make it easier for carers to access the available resources so they can get the help they desperately need.”
Other ways organizations can help support the Alzheimer’s carer community include holding education workshops, hosting support groups and offering respite care as a care solution.
Carers can turn to Home Instead Senior Care for many carer tools and resources.