Much of the care for
The report set the tab for unpaid care by the 443,000 family caregivers in Virginia at more than $6.2 million. They provide 500 million hours of care for the more than 130,000 in the state who have Alzheimer's, about 35,000 of whom live in
Charlie Martino, Jr., who lives in
The emotional toll on caretakers is evidenced in the additional health care costs they incur. According to the annual report, those costs amounted to $241 million in 2012 for Virginia's caretakers. Both the necessary level of care and the length of time that care is required contribute to their stress-related illnesses, Alzheimer's Association officials said in a media conference call Tuesday.
The Alzheimer's Association sponsors several free supports for families. The help line, 800-272-3900, is available 24/7. Also, online, people can go to http://www.alzconnected.org, a social networking community for those affected by Alzheimer's and to http://www.alzheimersnavigator.org, a tool designed to help individuals evaluate their needs and develop a customized action plan. The Navigator works in conjunction with Community Resource Finder, a comprehensive database of resources organized by ZIP code.