TYLER, Texas (KETK) – Alzheimer’s is a difficult disease to live with and watch someone suffer from. We give you an inside look and educate you about some of the legal and ethical challenges for caregivers as you face these difficult times.
November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in Texas and 9,545 deaths have been recorded since 2017.
The Alzheimer’s Alliance is a local non-profit that provides social workers, counselors, and community health workers that provide help to people in the community.
“The social workers there help the caregivers have a plan, we help them with resources,” said Luanne Harms. “Because you can’t do this by yourself.
Cynthia Kent said some steps are to get your legal housing, finances, spiritual health, and medical community is all in order once a diagnosis is made.
Cynthia said Tyler Junior College puts on a one-day program for caregivers of people with Dementia to provide tips on day to day activities and how to provide a safe and secure environment for both parties.
Don Kent has been diagnosed with Dementia and says the support for the disease is evergrowing within both health systems in Tyler.
“The first thing I felt like was a need to talk to other people going through the same journey I’m going through,” said Don Kent.