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Social Worker Helps Families Dealing with Alzheimer’s

Social worker Gayle Ginsburg. Photo by Ken Blevins.

Cheers to the Star-News in Wilmington, NC for this article about Alzheimer’s disease and social worker Gayle Ginsburg.

Ginsburg, whose mother suffered from the memory-stealing disease, runs a support group through the New Hanover County Senior Resource Center. As the population of North Carolina and the rest of the United States continues to grow older, the number of Alzheimer’s cases will rise.

Many Baby Boomers are already dealing with caring for parents and other relatives with Alzheimer’s. Caregivers  need brief breaks to care for personal needs and recharge, Ginsburg said. And many are concerned with stress and the fact the loved ones they care for one day may not recognize them, she said.

“You lose the person you’re caring for before they actually pass away,” Ginsburg said. “So you’re grieving all the time.”

To learn more, visit the National Association of Social Workers’ “Help Starts Here” Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia Web page by clicking here.

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