Caring for someone with Alzheimer's Disease can be difficult and leave caregivers feeling exhausted and hopeless. November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness and Caregivers month and, Wednesday evening, a special event was held at Hodel's restaurant to make sure caregivers feel appreciated.
It was a time to honor those who tirelessly give of themselves to care for loved ones with Alzheimer's. Jackie Peck lost her husband in January. She cared for him at home until she couldn't do it anymore. "Five months before my husband passed away, I realized that I could not mentally and physically do it all myself," said Peck.
So, Peck decided to move her husband into a care facility, a decision that wasn't easy. "Difficult. You have to learn to not only take care of your loved one, but the most important part for a caregiver is to learn to take care of themselves," said Peck.
Peck and others spoke to hundreds of caregivers, sharing their experiences in hopes of helping them cope.
According to the National Family Caregivers Association, some 65 million people in the U.S. are currently caring for a chronically ill, disabled, or elderly family member or friend.
"Caregivers have one of the most thankless jobs. They are often overlooked, and we just want to give back to the caregivers and say thank you." said Robin McGarrah, Alzheimer's Disease Association of Kern County.
Attendees were also able to learn about programs for them and their loved ones to help manage their daily lives and where they can go for support. The event was put on by the Alzheimer's Disease Association of Kern County and Aging and Adult Services.
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