A recent survey by The National Family Caregivers Association  in the US showed that the biggest fear for the majority of family caregivers is their loved one’s general health and physical decline followed by the fear that Alzheimer’s will rob their loved one of the ability to communicate.     The survey shows that the progressive inability to properly communicate is more than just a fear, it is a major source of stress, which interferes with the caregivers obligation and ability to function responsibly.

It is estimated that 5.4 million Americans who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease are being cared for by almost 15 million unpaid caregivers, including family, friends, partners and neighbors.  The NFCA provides information designed specifically for Alzheimer’s family caregivers, including advice on how caregivers can communicate with their loved ones and others involved in the patient’s care.