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Children's Museum Supports the NH Senior Community

Playing Host to the Alzheimers Cafe, Dover NHs Childrens Museum is the First on the East Coast to Support the NH Senior Community in Such a Way
This coming Thursday, January 19th 2012, the Childrens Museum of New Hampshire in Dover will be host to the fourth Alzheimers Cafe event. A regular supporter and host of programs benefiting the local community, the Childrens Museum is a pioneer on the East Coast in this kind of event. Designed to be an informal way for people living with Alzheimers, as well as their families and caregivers, to relax and socialize in a non-clinical setting, programs of its kind exist in other States and countries but are unique to our area. Alzheimers Cafe takes place on the third Thursday of each month in what is a regular program to support the greater Dover NH Senior community. According to the Alzheimers Association there are an estimated 5.4 million people living with the disease. Through 2010, the number of individuals in New Hampshire that have Alzheimers had increased 16% since the year 2000, and that figure is projected to increase 21% by the year 2020. Needless to say, Alzheimers is a very serious issue for the Granite State. While Alzheimers is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, it is the only cause in the top ten that cannot at present be prevented, cured or slowed. This reality is what makes support systems like the Alzheimers Cafe so important to local communities, particularly in respect to the families and caregivers of those with the disease. As we see in this chart produced by the Alzheimers Association, the degree of stress reported by the caregivers of Alzheimers and dementia patients is extremely high. content_Alzheimer_s_Chart There are over 15 million unpaid caregivers of Alzheimers and dementia patients in the US, many of whom suffer both physically and emotionally as a result of the care that they provide. Having an outlet like the Alzheimers Cafe, by which they can connect with other people that share the same struggles every day, is of tremendous value to these caregivers and the families of individuals with this disease. Supporting one another in the face of a challenge such as Alzheimers is of paramount importance. As a member of the local community I am proud that the Childrens Museum has pioneered this kind of event. Working in the NH Senior Living industry, I can personally attest to the need for these kinds of supportive programs, and I will do everything I can to spread the word about its availability. If you would like further information about the Alzheimers Cafe, please visit the Childrens Museum of NHs programs page.
About the author: This NH Senior Living update was created by Dick Cook. Dick is a realtor with over thirty years experience working for customers in the Granite State. Specializing in Senior Real Estate Services, Dick covers the NH Seacoast & Lakes Regions, servicing the following communities and many others:
Dick can also be found online at seniorlivingnh.com, offering a wealth of information and resources for the NH Senior Community.

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