25,000 people in the Lehigh Valley are living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. That number is expected to triple by 2050.
Age-Friendly Lehigh Valley supports those living with dementia and their caregivers by decreasing stigma, increasing opportunities for social interaction and increasing early diagnosis.
United Way Supports Dementia Caregivers
United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley and Age-Friendly Lehigh Valley are proud to conduct Savvy Caregiver® trainings to help those providing care for loved ones living with dementia.
Thanks to funding from the Fleming Foundation, these leading evidence-based trainings are offered online and in person and delivered in two-hour sessions over a six-week period.
Savvy Caregiver has helped decrease family caregiver distress, burden and depression, while increasing caregivers’ sense of competence and confidence in their care role through relevant knowledge, skills and self-care practices.
“To be an effective caregiver, in any capacity, proper education and self-care must be prioritized. I see firsthand that Savvy Caregiver equips participants with the tools to do just that,” shared Carol Gonzalez, Savvy Caregiver training facilitator.
“Education is the first step to action. Project Lifesaver ensures that wandering individuals can be found quickly and increases the overall likelihood of a positive outcome.”
Dementia Outreach Coordinator for United Way