New Analysis Released About the Role of Millennials in Dementia and Alzheimer’s Caregiving

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One out of six dementia caregivers is a millennial, and the need for care is on rise

Press Conference Call, Monday, December 4 at 2:00pm EST

WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, December 4, 2017, leaders in the fight against dementia and representatives of the dementia and Alzheimer’s millennial community will hold a conference call to release a new report, Millennials and Dementia Caregiving in the United States, showing that one out of six dementia caregivers is currently a millennial and, with the need for care dramatically rising in the coming years, this number will likely increase.

This first-of-its-kind analysis examines the activities millennial caregivers perform, the burden they experience through caregiving, and how their caregiving activities interfere with their work. The complex challenges of caregiving for someone with dementia – which is characterized by a profound deterioration in memory, language and communication abilities, problem-solving capabilities, and other aspects of cognition that affect a person’s ability to perform everyday activities – creates a compelling need for greater support for this community.

To answer this charge UsAgainstAlzheimer’s and The Youth Movement Against Alzheimer’s is launching the Youth Against Alzheimer’s Coalition (YAAC) to position Alzheimer’s as an urgent economic and public health issue impacting families across generations by mobilizing young people and youth-serving organizations through storytelling, advocacy, and coalition building. 

Millennials and Dementia Caregiving in the United States was developed by UsAgainstAlzheimer’s and the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging and analyzes data from the nationally representative study, Caregiving in the U.S. 2015, conducted by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP. The full report is available here.  It is embargoed until Monday, December 4, 2017, at 2:30pm EST.

WHO:     

  • Dr. Maria P. Aranda, PhD, Interim Executive Director and Associate Professor, USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
  • Nihal Satyadev, CEO and Co-Founder, Youth Movement Against Alzheimer's
  • Jason Resendez, Sr. Advisor for Youth Outreach, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s
  • Lisette Carbajal, Alzheimer's millennial caregiver

WHEN:    Monday, December 4, 2017, at 2:00pm EST

WHERE:   Click here to participate in the press conference by streaming the audio and to ask a question, or call 877-229-8493, ID code: 117056

MEDIA CONTACT

Jeannette O’Connor
202-302-3268
joconnor@usagainstalzheimers.org

Jessica C. Lee
213-821-7096
Lee147@usc.edu

Pamela Madrid
626-398-5033
626-297-7199 (cell)
pamela@pmadridcommunications.com

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About UsAgainstAlzheimer’s and The Youth Against Alzheimer’s Coalition

UsAgainstAlzheimer’s (UsA2) is an innovative non-profit organization demanding—and delivering—a solution to Alzheimer’s. Driven by the suffering of millions of families, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s presses for greater urgency from government, industry and the scientific community in the quest for an Alzheimer’s cure—accomplishing this through effective leadership, collaborative advocacy, and strategic investments. 

Co-convened by UsAgainstAlzheimer’s and The Youth Movement Against Alzheimer’s (YMAA), the Youth Against Alzheimer’s Coalition (YAAC) positions Alzheimer’s as an urgent economic and public health issue impacting families across generations, mobilizing young people and youth-serving organizations through storytelling, advocacy, and coalition building. 

About the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging

The USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging builds upon the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work’s longstanding tradition of conducting socially relevant research, innovating educational practices, influencing policy making, fostering community-university partnerships and sharing best practices with direct service providers. 

The USC Roybal Institute maintains a strong interdisciplinary focus, with collaborations among faculty and professionals in such fields as social work, gerontology, psychology, preventive medicine, family medicine, psychiatry, oncology, American studies and ethnicity, and public policy. Its mission is to advance research whose goal is to enhance optimal aging for persons in minority and low-income communities.