Comfort Companions for Security and Therapy
Sparta, NC, November 18, 2015– Just in time for National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and National Caregivers Month, Comfort Companion releases several new versions of their Alzheimer’s comfort doll, Comfort Companion. Please visit our website for all options – www.mycomfortcompanion.com
“I have always had a fondness for the geriatric community, so I wanted to create something especially for them.” Janet Tompkins, Founder Speechpath Tools, LLC.
Approximately 5.1 million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Association predicts that by 2025 there will be 7.1 million seniors, aged 65 and older, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. By 2050, that number will likely almost triple to 13.8 million.
Another 15+ million Americans are caregivers. In 2012, 15.4 million caregivers provided care valued at $216 billion. Nearly 15% of these caregivers are long-distance. More than 60% of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers rate the emotional stress of caregiving as high or very high. More than one-third report symptoms of depression. The physical and emotional toll of caregiving cost Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers an additional $9.1 billion in health care costs of their own, in 2012.
Alzheimer’s disease is the leading cause of dementia, and is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. 44% of Americans between the ages of 75 to 84 have Alzheimer’s disease. More than two-thirds of the Americans with Alzheimer’s disease are women. African-Americans are about twice as likely to have Alzheimer’s disease, and other forms of dementia, compared to older whites.
Alzheimer’s disease causes problems with memory, thoughts and behavior. Comfort Companion dolls are designed with substance, weight and scientifically-proven soothing scents to make them huggable, and offer physical comfort and security.
Alzheimer’s patients typically have issues with ‘busy hands.’ In an effort to help with that issue, the dolls provide tactile stimulation with flowers, bows and bandanas.
Memory loss, likely the most familiar symptom of Alzheimer’s disease, is addressed by the Comfort Companion dolls with a memory pocket to allow patients to store photos of loved ones and other important keepsakes that will stimulate memory and interaction.
“I think they are absolutely wonderful. The more senses you explore with people with dementia, the more they are going to understand and be able to see and feel. Their mind is still available to make some memories.” Kathy Long, VP of Adult Day Services for Senior Services Inc. in Winston-Salem
My Comfort Companion . . . Always There When You Can’t Be.
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