More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including 17,000 South Dakotans. The debilitating disease takes a serious toll on patients, family caregivers and the health care system.
In South Dakota, taking care of those we love comes naturally. More than 84,000 South Dakotans are currently serving as family caregivers to their loved ones and studies show that if you aren't a caregiver now you will either be one or need one someday. This silent army is taking on tasks like bathing and dressing, managing finances and transportation and even performing complicated medical tasks all so their loved ones can remain in their homes and communities - where they want to be.
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