Providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease can be difficult to do if there is no help at one’s disposal. A local support group in Sumter, South Carolina, that helps those providing eldercare for family members is welcoming a speaker later this month who will discuss the difficulties associated with the mental illness.
The Item reports that well-known geriatrician Dr Mayes DuBose will be speaking to share his vast knowledge of the subject matter.
"His specialty area is Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
He knows as much about Alzheimer's as anyone in Sumter,” the group’s creator Judy Jernigan told the news outlet. “He not only knows how to present the information, he is always willing to answer questions anyone might have."
In addition to starting the group, Jernigan is the primary caregiver for her 95-year-old mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. She also said that DuBose is her mother’s physician.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the mental illness affects 5.3 million people in the United States, with 10.9 million unpaid caregivers providing assistance.