Center for Healthy Aging Opens Library For Dementia Caregivers

June 01, 2017

Maybe you've heard that 75,000 people in Connecticut have Alzheimer's. Given that number, guess how many unpaid caregivers in the state provided care in 2016 for people with Alzheimer's and dementia?

It's a staggering 177,000, according to the Alzheimer's Association, who provided 201 million hours of care in 2016 worth an estimated (and unpaid) $2.5 billion. For many years, the Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aginghas connected families throughout Central Connecticut with essential services and resources for loved ones with Alzheimer's or dementia. A lending library that opened May 25 at the Hospital of Central Connecticut will make it easier for caregivers who prefer physical browsing -- for virtual browsing, you can still find the Center for Healthy Aging's online resources here -- with dozens of books, DVDs and literature available to anyone by calling 1.877.424.4641. (The library's materials can be signed out for a month.)

“In the past year alone," said Lisa Connolly, vice president of Hartford HealthCare Community Network, at the library's ribbon-cutting ceremony. "Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging has served 18,000 seniors through 'Lunch & Learn' and 'Dinner with the Doc' programs, dementia training, support groups and the caregivers’ resource guide."

 The Center for Healthy Aging's Dementia Caregiver Resource Guide (download here) remains a primary resource for caregivers, with background on dementia, how to communicate with people through various stages of Alzheimer's, understanding behaviors related to dementia, the necessary qualities of a caregiver and, finally, legal and financial concerns

The library is made possible through a grant from the Bradley Henry Barns & Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust at the Main Street Community Foundation. To borrow library materials or for more information about Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging, call 1.877.424.4641.

The Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging, a not-for-profit member of Hartford HealthCare Senior Services, is a resource and assessment center designed to enhance access to services and information related to attaining optimal quality of life for seniors and their caregivers.


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