Family Support

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The National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) funds a variety of acknowledged methods that help family and informal caregivers care for loved ones at home for as long as possible. The NEK Council on Aging has been a participant in this vital outreach since shortly after Congress passed legislation for its funding in 2000.

As a Care Option, our Family Caregiver Support Program assists two main groups:

  • grandparents and relatives who are raising a family member’s child when the parents are unable
  • a wife, husband, adult child, or even a friend, who is helping a frail adult or one who may have dementia to remain as independent as possible.

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Ranson Hudson cared for his late wife, Ginger, who lived with Alzheimer’s for more than ten years. “It is quite a big thing taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s, but I figure she would have done it for me. When it is your wife, you are glad to do it, at least I was.”
In Vermont, Alzheimer’s is the fifth leading cause of death. Nationally, the state has the fourth highest death rate from Alzheimer’s. Since 2000, Vermont has experienced a 101 percent increase in deaths related to this brain disease.
In 2016, the highest age group to be diagnosed with dementia was between the ages of 75 and 84. That number totaled 4,900.
By 2020, Alzheimer’s Association Vermont predicts the number will climb to 5,800.
Nancy Oakes and Pam Smith are certified community educators for the Alzheimer’s Association and regularly lead dementia-related workshops.



NEK Council on Aging Spring 2018 Caregiver Newsletter
We hope you enjoy this edition of the Winter Newsletter!

Why not call our Information & Referral Specialists to find out how the Council on Aging might help you find the resources to care for your family member or yourself? The statewide, toll-free number is: 1-800-642-5119.

If you want to sign up to receive our Family Caregiver Support Program’s e-newsletters, please address Nancy Oakes and Pam Smith in the message line of your request sent via: