All of us are potential caregivers: Boot camps for Alzheimer's care a growing trend

Boot camps for Alzheimer's care a growing trend (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A new trend of “boot camps” are helping families in a whole new way.

The boot camps are now a growing trend as more people are taking care of aging parents.

It is an intense program for caregivers who are taking care of a family member with memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease.

For instance, one camp that is now offered at UCLA actually hires actors to act out what it is like to have a parent struggling to remember and getting agitated, much like what happens in those struggling with Alzheimer’s disease.

The camp then shows scenarios that are recommended to help the person, scenarios that help not get them more frustrated or agitated.

The camp also teaches basic skills for helping Alzheimer's patients or parents. Skills ranging from everything to getting dressed to making meals.

These skills and camps are likely to become more available and necessary as our population continues to age.

The number of people with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to triple in the next few decades.

Caregivers are also getting younger. One in four caregivers now in the United States are under the age of 34.

The goal of the boot camps is just to give people the best tools to help with what's usually not something you may know anything about.

They point out that all of us are potential caregivers.

In Cincinnati, the local Alzheimer's Association provides similar help already in sort of a less formal way. They offer support groups and individual counselors will role play with you as part of their caring for the caregiver programs.

Here is a link to their site to find help if you need it.

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