June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month. According to the Alzheimer's Association, about 6.7 million Americans 65 and older are living with Alzheimer's. As the number of Americans over 65 continues to grow, it is estimated that, by 2050, as many as 12.7 million people 65 and older will have Alzheimer's.
Caring for people with Alzheimer's or dementia can be tremendously difficult. The Alzheimer's Association says that "Compared with caregivers of people without dementia, twice as many caregivers of those with dementia indicate substantial emotional, financial, and physical difficulties."
The good news, is that you're not alone. The Independence branch library hosts a Memory Cafe for people with dementia and their caregivers on the last Wednesday of every month, no registration required. You can relax, have fun, and socialize with other people in the community.
The Alzheimer's Association of Greater Cincinnati is also a great resource. It offers free educational programs and organizes local support groups. It also holds special events and organizes group outings.
Check out the books and movies on the list below, and don't hesitate to ask for assistance from library staff if you want to find more.
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