50% of long-term caregivers will die before the person they are taking care of.
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Marana, AZ (PRWEB) May 04, 2011
May is Older Americans Month and America's #1 Caregiving Expert, Dr. Sandra Haymon, author of Baby Boomers-Sandwiched Between Retirement & Caregiving will donate 50% of profits from May on-line sales of her book to the Alzheimer's Association.
Dr. Haymon, a Licensed Psychologist, reveals that ‘the U.S. elderly tsunami actually erupted in January of this year.’
She bases her evidence on official figures showing that since January 1, 2011 more than 1.2 million Baby Boomers have celebrated their 65th birthday and 10,000 more will turn 65 every day for the next 19 years.
"Older Americans Month’ was first established back in 1963 as public interest in aging citizens and their daily concerns & health issues began to grow." Dr. Haymon added, "Did you know that Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States?"
Haymon, a former caregiver for her own parents who were victims of Alzheimer’s, says, "The tragedy is that 5.4 million Americans are victims of Alzheimer’s and another person is diagnosed with the disease every 69 seconds. This costs the U.S. economy $183 billion each year."
She continued, "As Larry King so eloquently reported during his May 1st. CNN Special- 'Unthinkable: The Alzheimer's Epidemic,' and I quote Mr. King, '... if we don't make those investments at the federal level in America soon, it will be too late for this boomer generation.'
"I also agreed with Maria Shriver, when she told King, ‘I think anybody who's not concerned about Alzheimer's is in denial.’ All of us have to take this epidemic seriously and do what we can to help find a cure.'"
This year’s theme for ‘Older Americans Month’ is Connecting the Community & Sandra’s wish is that America’s 66 million caregivers will be highlighted and recognized. "50% of long-term caregivers will die before the person they are taking care of," Haymon added.
Dr. Haymon's new site http://CaringForAlzheimersPatients.com offers free gifts and 50% of profits for all on-line book sales in May will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association.
Global headlines such as the devastating tsunami in Japan bring the spotlight on another massive elderly population. According to Dr. Haymon, "survival requires adaptability and adaptability requires core attributes such as Fortitude, Attitude, Intuition, Trust, and Humor."
Dr. Sandra Haymon is available for Interview by phoning 1-520-572-6594.
(Courtesy Photo Included.)