The Dementia Alliance of North Carolina provides education and training for family and professional caregivers as well as non-healthcare-based groups. Working with community partners, such as Area Agencies on Aging, faith communities, law enforcement and many others, we bring on-site educational workshops, hands-on training, conferences and support group facilitator training to residents of North Carolina serving all counties in the state. Providing caregivers with education, information and resources helps to relieve stress and reduce caregiver burnout, providing a better quality of life for both the individual with dementia and the caregiver.
Caregivers attending our educational programs state that their stress levels are lower, they feel more empowered and knowledgeable about caring for their loved one, and they feel an increased sense of community by connecting with others on the same journey.
The need for increased education and support for caregivers in rural areas is even greater. The Dementia Alliance of North Carolina prioritized efforts to reach these rural caregivers through the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation’s $25,000 “Ribbon of Hope Grant” awarded in 2017. Last year we led 157 educational sessions reaching over 6,000 people across 38 NC counties. Of the 38 counties reached, eight were considered Tier 1 in the NC Department of Commerce economic well-being designations. Tier rankings are based on unemployment rates, household income, population growth and property taxes and Tier 1 is considered the most distressed. Six of these counties are also among the top in the state having an elderly population (65+ years old) of 20% or higher.
So whether our staff is answering our helpline, running a support group, providing emergency respite care or hosting an educational workshop, you can be confident in knowing that all our efforts are focused locally and that 100 percent of donated funds remain in the state.
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