Not only is it National Alzheimer's Awareness Month, but it is also National Cargiving Month, which is why caregivers need to educate themselves on how to manage their daily lives while caring for someone with a cognitive condition, according to the news channel WLBT-TV.
Organizations are planning a day where caregivers can get the information they need for free in Jackson, Mississippi.
"There's a great book out there called the 36 Hour Day, because it is just that," Sara Murphy with the Mississippi Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association told the news source. "It's a physical, chronic stress that family members who are caring for someone with this awful disease has to go through."
Those who feel that the emotional toll that taking care of an aging parent with Alzheimer's has on them is too much may want to look into assisted living facilities, where a senior can receive the care they need while also spending time with their peers.
According to the Alzheimer's Association, 5.4 million people are affected by this illness, and these numbers are only expected to increase rapidly as the baby boomer generation reaches retirement age.