MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - A senior living center in Macon is joining the battle to fight Alzheimer's disease. This comes a day after President Obama outlined his strategy to treat the disease by the year 2025.
Tonight, an event was held at Blair House Senior Living, where caregivers and family members of Alzheimer's patients received helpful tips and education about this debilitating disease. Alzheimer's affects 13% of Americans, and Jean Govoni, executive director of the Blair House says the disease is equally draining for caregivers.
She says President Obama's message brings them hope.
"It brings the attention to the disease, it also brings the attention to the plight of the caregiver, whether its a private caregiver or a professional caregiver," says Govoni. "Isolation is probably the worst thing for a caregiver, so by having events it gives them a break, gives them respite, gives them the opportunity to find out other things that they can do so that they can get the help that they need as well."
For more information on Alzheimer's or the Blair House visit blairhouseseniorliving.com.