Senior Helpers of Southern New Jersey Works to Heighten Visibility of Alzheimer’s During November - National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

In-Home Caregiver for Elders and Families Suffering from Alzheimer’s Within New Jersey’s Burlington, Camden, Atlantic, Gloucester & Ocean Counties

Manchester, NJ, November 01, 2013 --( Peter Mangiola, RN, MSN, Senior Health and Wellness expert, and Director of Nursing for Senior Helpers of Southern New Jersey, will join with other Senior Helpers franchises in raising awareness during November, which is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.

Nationwide, an estimated 5.2 million Americans age 65 or older have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2013. This does not include approximately 200,000 individuals younger than age 65 who have younger-onset Alzheimer's.

This number is expected to increase in the coming years.

Facts About Alzheimer’s

By 2025, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer's disease is estimated to reach 7.1 million — a 40 percent increase from the 5 million aged 65 and older currently affected.

By 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer's disease may nearly triple to a projected 13.8 million.

In 2012, 15.4 million caregivers provided more than 17.5 billion hours of unpaid care valued at $216 billion.

In 2013, Alzheimer's will cost the nation $203 billion. This number is expected to rise to $1.2 trillion by 2050.

Nearly 15% of caregivers for people with Alzheimer's or another dementia are long-distance caregivers.

Alzheimer's disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States overall and the 5th leading cause of death for those aged 65 and older.

Deaths from Alzheimer's increased 68 percent between 2000 and 2010, while deaths from other major diseases, including the number one cause of death (heart disease), decreased.

6 Ways to Raise Awareness
What the Alzheimer’s Association is suggesting for Americans nationwide is to:

Wear purple
Make a donation
Get educated
Offer support to elderly loved ones and support neighbors who are caregivers
Purchase awareness merchandise

“This is a fight that we can win. Our staff is going to be passing out fliers to libraries and local shops. We are also going to make available special notecards with a special purple elephant and the tagline ‘We Remember.’

“Senior Helpers understands that we are given the chance to make a big difference every day in the lives of our seniors, and especially in the case of those suffering with Alzheimer’s disease and their families. The situation is only going to intensify, according to the Alzheimer’s Association with projections that an American develops Alzheimer's disease every 68 seconds and will increase by 2050 to one diagnosis every 33 seconds,” stated Peter Mangiola, RN, MSN of Senior Helpers.

To learn more about Senior Helpers of Southern New Jersey and the services available, please call 732-657-3600.

About Senior Helpers of Burlington and Ocean Counties, New Jersey
Senior Helpers was recently voted “2013 BEST In Home Care” by Home Care Pulse. With nearly 300 franchises in 40 states, Senior Helpers connects professional caregivers with seniors who wish to live at home as opposed to a nursing or assisted living facility. Senior Helpers strives to be the leading companion and personal care provider that offers dependable, consistent and affordable home care. The company offers a wide range of personal and companion care services to assist seniors living independently with a strong focus on quality of life for the client and peace of mind for their families. Senior Helpers provides free client and home safety assessments to insure the best possible service. Senior Helpers employees are licensed, bonded, background checked, drug tested, and field supervised and trained.

About Peter Mangiola, RN, MSN
Peter Mangiola, a registered nurse, received his degree from The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in 1980, and since has served in Emergency, Recovery, Cardiac Care, and Electrophysiology departments, including three years as an Oncology Director and eight years as Charge Nurse for a cardiovascular nursing unit. Mr. Mangiola worked with several major hospitals as a traveling Registered Nurse, including:
· Temple University Hospital
· Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
· The Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania
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