Supporting Families and Raising Awareness

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, a time dedicated to increasing understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. At Neighbor Network of Northern Nevada (N4), we’re committed to helping our Neighbors by providing services and respite care for people with dementia, and those who care for them. 

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

According to the Centers for Disease Control, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that affect the brain and lead to memory loss, changes in thinking, and other cognitive difficulties. These changes can be profound and often impact daily life and relationships. Dementia is not a normal part of aging, and recognizing the symptoms early can help in managing the disease more effectively.

The Importance of Awareness

Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month is an opportunity to educate the public about the realities of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Increased awareness can lead to:

  • Early diagnosis and intervention: Recognizing the signs of dementia early can lead to timely diagnosis and intervention, which can improve quality of life.
  • Better support systems: Understanding the challenges faced by those with dementia and their caregivers can lead to stronger community support systems and more resources.
  • Increased funding for research: More awareness can lead to more funding for research, bringing us closer to finding a cure or better treatments for dementia.

How N4 Supports Families

All of us at N4 are dedicated to providing comprehensive support for families dealing with dementia

Here’s how we help:

  • Respite care: We offer five hours of free respite care a week, provided by trained, paid staff in the person’s home or in the community. This temporary relief can help prevent caregiver burnout and improve overall well-being for both the caregiver and the person receiving care.
  • Consultation: We’re offering BRI Care Consultation as part of our free respite care program in 12 counties in Northern Nevada, which is open to people living with dementia or possible dementia and their primary support person. 
  • Educational resources: We’re partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern Nevada to offer free Savvy Caregiver training (in English or Spanish) to family care partners of people with dementia. Savvy Caregiver programs have been proven to decrease family caregiver distress, burden, and depression, while increasing caregivers’ sense of competence and confidence in their care role. 
  • Living alone with dementia: We also partner with Living Alone & Connected, a private Facebook community for people living alone with Alzheimer’s or other dementia. Please share with anyone you think might be able to use this resource.

How You Can Get Involved

There are many ways to support Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month and make a difference:

  • Educate yourself and others: Learn about Alzheimer’s and dementia and share that knowledge with your people.
  • Volunteer: Consider volunteering your time with organizations that support dementia care and research.
  • Advocate: Advocate for policies that support dementia research, caregiving, and awareness programs.
  • Donate: Financial contributions to organizations like ours help provide essential services and support for families affected by dementia.

Moving Forward Together

For more information about our services, please visit NeighborNV.org or contact us directly at People@NeighborNV.org. We’re here to help you navigate your caregiving journey with compassion and care.