Vision

MCHS is Committed to Supporting Care Partners

Vision

MCHS is Committed to Supporting Care Partners

Our Vision

Your journey of caregiving should always be shared with a dementia expert.

Every 65 seconds someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The number of Americans with Alzheimer’s and other dementias will grow each year as the proportion of the U.S. population over age 65 continues to increase. The population experiencing Alzheimer’s is expected to triple by 2050. Family members provide 80% of their care, and the emotional stress in providing that care is high. More than one-third of these family care partners experience symptoms of depression, and nearly 80% report neglecting their own health and wellbeing while providing care for a loved one. MCHS provides research-backed support not only for the client with Alzheimer’s or dementia but serves the larger affected population of care partners and support systems surrounding that individual. On average there are three care partners for every individual living with dementia or Alzheimer’s.

MCHS provides our services and interventions to underserved and low-income families at little or no charge. During June 1, 2017 – May 31, 2018, 73% of our clients with dementia had a household income of less than $40,000. We specifically reach out to underserved, disadvantaged, and minority communities in collaboration with the St. Louis Area Agency on Aging and through the Saint Louis University Geriatric Clinic and its service of uninsured and underinsured patients. Additionally, we reach this demographic through health fairs and community education initiatives for faith communities. Throughout the community, MCHS works within strong partnerships that refer these clients to us, such as health providers, senior centers, faith communities, state and county departments, community centers, and home health agencies. The Area Agencies on Aging also serves as a referral source.

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