Caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients face challenges in caring for themselves

The Alzheimer’s Association — Western Carolina Chapter connects caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients with a variety of resources through its Direct Connect Referral Program. In Asheville, Memory Care also offers support services for people who have dementia and their families. Both organizations advise caregivers to seek help rather than go it alone.

Taking care: Therapeuti­c vacations for caregivers

When you’re taking care of someone with dementia, there’s no such thing as just getting away for a few days, says Asheville resident Thomas Stern, who’s had extensive caregiving experience. To help address such challenges, Stern is launching AV.E Health and, beginning in January, the company will offer assisted vacations at the Grove Park Inn for people with dementia and their family caregivers.