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Director of Caregiver Support Initiative to Speak on Dementia, Support Services

Director of Caregiver Support Initiative to Speak on Dementia, Support Services

PLATTSBURGH , N.Y. — Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative, which provides free support services to those caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease and memory disorders in northern New York, will hold a free community information session in Willsboro. Dr. Richard Durant, who serves as the Initiative’s director, will provide an overview of dementia and related memory disorders, as well as the services available for caregivers and care receivers via the Caregiver Support Initiative.

The topic is important, as New York is home to over 380,000 persons living with dementia, which is projected to grow to 460,000 by the year 2025. Statewide, an estimated one million residents provide caregiver support to persons with dementia, equivalent to 1.1 billion hours of unpaid care valued at $14 billion.

A caregiver is an adult aged 18 and over who supports a family member, domestic partner, friend or other individual living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, without monetary compensation. The responsibilities involved with being a caregiver are taxing, and can lead to significant emotional, physical and financial distress. The Caregiver Support Initiative aims to help caregivers care for themselves, by providing both information and guidance.

In addition to serving as the director of the Initiative, Dr. Durant is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Plattsburgh and also serves as a Clinical Director & Clinical Neuropsychologist at the SUNY Plattsburgh Center for Neurobehavioral Health.

The event will take place at Paine Memorial Library on Saturday, February 18, at 2:00 p.m., located at 2 Gilliland Lane in Willsboro, New York.

About Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative:
Also known as We Help Caregivers, this Initiative provides free support services to those caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease and memory disorders in northern New York, across Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Warren and Washington Counties.

A caregiver is an adult aged 18 and over who supports a family member, domestic partner, friend or other individual living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, without monetary compensation.

The Initiative’s goal is to reduce caregivers’ financial, emotional and physical distress, and improve caregiver overall health and quality of life, while also reducing the number of care receiver emergency visits and institutional placements. Operated by The Center for Neurobehavioral Health, it is an affiliated program of the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Plattsburgh and is supported by the SUNY Research Foundation.

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