Posted: March 22, 2019
Joni Karp knows from personal experience the toll dementia takes not only on people afflicted with it – but also on the people who care for them.
Karp has worked in facilities and provided in-home care. Moreover, she cared for her mother.
Patients need services that accommodate their individual needs and the progression of the disease, Karp said. Caregivers need support and respite. Ultimately, they could need to let someone else take on their responsibilities and return to their roles as family members or friends, she said.
The situation becomes all the more pressing, Karp said, as an increasing proportion of the aging population in the United States is afflicted with dementia and a growing number of caregivers face the stress of providing care while also working.
There’s help, Karp says, in a Grand Junction facility that offers services to people with dementia and support to their caregivers: Cappella of Grand Junction.
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