There are more than 100,000 people in Wisconsin who currently have Alzheimer's disease and The Green Bay Press Gazette reports that one in three could develop the condition in the future. This problem is compounded by a lack of available Alzheimer's care services in many areas.
Gail Taylor-LaPlant faced this shortage when she was looking for ways to accommodate her husband, John, who started developing Alzheimer's in his early 60s.
In addition to a dearth of available memory care facilities, there appeared to be very few support networks.
One community that Taylor-LaPlant did find was N.E.W. Curative Rehabilitation, which provided day care for seniors and other people with disabilities.
As for the support group, she decided to start her own.
"People aren't reaching out," she told the news provider. "They're staying in their homes. They don't know where to go."
Experts suggest that those who are feeling isolated while caring for a patient with dementia shouldn't keep their problems to themselves. Instead, seek the company of an understanding friend or talk to family members about splitting the responsibilities. One may also want to take a brief break while someone else takes cares of the individual.