Preparing Caregiver Training Lessons
When the AIDS Epidemic began over 30 years ago, many people that were afflicted were in their 20's and 30's. Now these people are in their 50's and 60's. Because HIV accelerates the effects of aging, many issues such as heart disease, diabetes, kidney and liver disease are exacerbated. Much of the cognitive issues associated with age can be confused with AIDS related dementia.
As people with HIV age and begin to go into assisted living, adult foster care, or nursing care, it is very important that the caregivers have the knowledge to be able to treat the disease properly - without any stigma associated with it. That's what makes the Caregiver Training programs so important.
Although the extreme stigma of the 80's has decreased, there still is discrimination and fear among both caregivers and other clients of long-term care facilities that can make it very difficult for someone with HIV to live there. We continue to educate caregivers when we can and when we see issues arise.