The summer solstice – it’s the day with the most light… the longest day.

On June 20th, people from around the world marked the occasion by shining a light on Alzheimer’s. They are honoring those living with the disease and their caregivers, for whom every day is the longest day.

Did you know:

  • More than six million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. It kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
  • Between 2000 and 2019, deaths from heart disease decreased 7.3% while deaths from Alzheimer’s increased by 145%.
  • In 2021, Alzheimer’s and other dementias will cost the nation $355 billion. By 2050, the cost could rise to more than $1.1 trillion.
  • More than 11 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia. These caregivers provided approximately 15.3 billion hours of care valued at nearly $257 billion.

HCAN and Personal Experiences

Personal experience with Alzheimer’s disease is what drives HomeCare Advocacy Network, including our founders Mark and Sierra Goetz. Sierra’s stepmother, Fran, a fitness buff and marathon runner, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at age 49. Sierra’s father, Terry, left his corporate job to become a full-time caregiver. He would do whatever it took to keep Fran active and care for her at home. The whole family pitched in to help and quickly learned the power of consistent, compassionate care.

To Honor Terry’s legacy, we are committed to helping other families do whatever it takes to care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Our professional caregivers is specially trained to provide customized, one-on-one care designed to help seniors age safely in their homes. Whether it’s for a few hours a week or around the clock.

We also provide care for the family caregivers – offering respite and free workshops. These are to help family members understand what to expect and how to cope with the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.

If you would like more information about our services or the family caregiver workshops, please give us a call at 402.965.0737 or visit HCAN‘s website now.

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