November is Family Caregiver Awareness Month

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November is Family Caregiver Month and Alternatives for Seniors (AFS) is pleased to announce it now publishes Senior Care Directories in nine markets across the U.S.

The goal of the expos is to provide attendees with the resources and tools they need to make educated, informed decisions and to understand what options are available to them

November is Family Caregiver Month and Alternatives for Seniors (AFS) is pleased to announce it now publishes Senior Care Directories in nine markets across the U.S. The free directories provide a plethora of valuable information about senior care issues, especially senior housing, which is in increasing demand. The print editions are available in Southeast Michigan, Chicago area, Northern, Mid and Southern Ohio, New Jersey, and various cities in California. An on-line version is available http://www.AlternativesForSeniors.com, which covers resources available throughout the U.S. In addition to the directories, AFS produces free Caregiver Expos to help families find senior care resources. The next Expo is in Chicago in November, and others are planned in other markets in 2011. The cost of 24-hour live in care for seniors is soaring, as is the number of people that require constant care. According to http://www.thefamilycaregiver.org, family caregivers provide an estimated $375 billion worth of free care giving services each year, and family caregivers spend an average of 20 hours per week caring for their loved ones.

Studies have shown that 89% of people prefer to remain in their own home even as they age, increasing the need for quality 24-hour home care assistance. Yet with the national hourly live in care cost averaging $480 per day who can afford it?

When the time comes for someone to make important healthcare decisions for their parents, the financial and emotional stress can take its toll not just on the caregiver, but on the entire family dynamic. Perhaps the most difficult decision people face is finding the right living environment for their parents or relatives. And, this decision becomes increasingly difficult the farther away the caregiver is from the ones in need. As daunting a task as this process is, there is a definitive answer for the question of, “Where do I begin?” The directories and on-line version are segmented into sections about Independent Living, Senior Apartments, Assisted Living, Nursing Homes, Alzheimer’s Centers, Continuing Care Retirement Communities, Home Care, and other services, like legal services, moving services, geriatric care managers, and more.

“The goal of the expos is to provide attendees with the resources and tools they need to make educated, informed decisions and to understand what options are available to them,” says Anita Kremer, president of Alternatives for Seniors. “Whether their needs are immediate or in the future, there will be something of interest and value for everyone. Area exhibitors represent associations, attorneys, senior housing and care, home care, insurance, and other products and services of interest.”
For interviews with Anita Kremer, please call 800/350-0770 or visit http://www.alternativesforseniors.com

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Every eight seconds for the next 18 years a member of the baby boom generation – the 78 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964 – will reach age 62, and with new medical advances they are expected to live longer, as are their parents. According to http://www.agingstats.gov, by the end of 2010 there will be an estimated 40 million people over 65 and 5 million over 85 living in the U.S. By 2030 those numbers will rise exponentially. According to http://www.thefamilycaregiver.org, family caregivers provide an estimated $375 billion worth of free care giving services each year. Family caregivers spend an average of 20 hours per week caring for their loved ones.

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