MemoryCare is now a nationally recognized program for dementia care! Our community-based, nonprofit, charitable organization is uniquely focused on serving the whole family. In 2018, we served over a thousand people living with dementia and 3500 of their family caregivers. We reached over 2200 individuals with dementia-specific education and sent our electronic newsletter to over 2300 people. Our peer support groups met three times per month, and our Caregiver Consultant met families throughout the year.
There is a reason we are here. With age being the greatest risk factor for cognitive impairment, the disease is already a significant issue in Western North Carolina where, on average, 23% of our population is of this age as compared to the 15.9% in the rest of the state and country. We are also here because the community supports our work. Over the years, we have noticed that the majority of our supporters have been touched in some way by dementia. Those whose lives have been impacted by the disease have a unique understanding of the need for a program like MemoryCare. Said one MemoryCare caregiver, “There will never be adequate words to thank you and your organization for your constant support and wisdom.”