A vast burden sits on the shoulders of caregivers for those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. That’s why Oasis Senior Advisors is teaming up with Seth Rogen’s nonprofit Hilarity for Charity and healthcare author Jennifer L. FitzPatrick to launch a free virtual book club for dementia caregivers based on FitzPatrick’s book “Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing the Stress of Caring for Your Loved One.”
Club participants will meet online for 15 weeks beginning May 15 to discuss topics addressed in the book, including how to pay for care and how to balance caregiving with a career.
“We’re thrilled to provide help for a growing segment of the population facing a tremendous challenge,” Oasis Senior Advisors CEO Tim Evankovich said. “As our population ages and dementia becomes more common, more caregivers require support for the stressful work they do every day.”
“Cruising Through Caregiving” is a down-to-earth yet authoritative guide to becoming a responsible, loving dementia caregiver without being overcome by guilt, exhaustion or worry. It calls upon advice and resources from FitzPatrick and 24 other professionals to help caregivers maintain their health, relationships, financial stability and more.
FitzPatrick is a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and a regular contributor to national media on dementia and caregiving issues. She’s also a certified speaking professional with a master’s in social work and broad firsthand experience as a caregiver.
Rogen and wife Lauren Miller Rogen founded Hilarity for Charity, which benefits families struggling to provide care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, funds cutting-edge research, and bolsters support groups. The Golden Globe-nominated actor and comedian has helped raise more than $10 million through an annual Hilarity for Charity comedy show now streaming on Netflix.
“It’s exciting to see so many talented and influential people recognize the value of helping those with Alzheimer’s and dementia as well as their families,” Evankovich said. “We’re dedicated to providing no-cost help for seniors and families, and to sticking with them every step of the way.”