Alzheimer's Disease

Hands-on help for family caregivers

Sometimes, caregivers need care of their own.

In 2013, nearly one million family caregivers in Virginia helped a loved one with daily activities, according to a 2015 report by the AARP Public Policy Institute. The same report found these caregivers provided 956 million hours of care.

"It's a different ball game in home care," said Joan Bender, a local nurse. "These people are being asked to perform duties that they don't have any training or background for."

The Family Caregiver Lunch and Learn Series aims to fill in these gaps for Peninsula caregivers. The monthly series starts Feb. 11.

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