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The Alzheimer's Disease Caregiver Support Initiative celebrates successful wellness programs

Press-Republican - 10/25/2023

Oct. 25—PLATTSBURGH — Almost 13% of New Yorkers over the age of 65 have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's or other dementias.

Much of the burden falls on family members and loved ones who provide 884 million hours of unpaid care each year — a value of almost $16 billion.

In effort to promote the mental health and overall wellbeing of caregivers, the Alzheimer's Disease Caregiver Support Initiative, a nonprofit organization based in Northern New York state, launched its free Caregiver Wellness Program events in July 2022.

ADCSI is excited to announce that results from its first year revealed that 399 caregivers participated in 48 unique wellness events.

"We always want to ensure caregivers have the tools and resources they need to succeed, and part of that is providing opportunities for them to prioritize meaningful time for themselves," said Valarie Drown, MS, NCC, LMHC, Project Director, Alzheimer's Disease Caregiver Support Initiative.

"I am thrilled to see so many caregivers taking time for themselves through our wellness programs. As a caregiver myself, I understand how easy it is to put others first ahead of your own needs. These activities and events help ensure that doesn't happen."

The Caregiver Wellness Program offers a variety of opportunities, including: — Physical activities such as tai chi and hiking — Cognitive-focused programming like book clubs and arts and crafts — Nutritional cooking classes — Social activities including coffee hours and game nights — Virtual yoga classes and book clubs are also available each month. A full list can be found on ADCSI's website:https://www.wehelpcaregivers.com/

These beneficial and stimulating activities are available to caregivers in Clinton, Franklin, Essex, Hamilton, Warren and Washington Counties.

All Caregiver Wellness Program events are free of charge for caregivers enrolled in the Alzheimer's Disease Caregiver Support Initiative and there is no limit to the amount of activities or events one can attend throughout the month.

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