The Meaning & Hope Institute is a program of Duet: Partners In Health & Aging, a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. The Institute provides services and support for America’s approximately 15 million family and friends who are caring for someone who has dementia. We also train and certify facilitators for Finding Meaning and Hope to equip them with the necessary information and resources to bring this program to family caregivers in their communities.
1 in 9
people age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s dementia
Alzheimer or dementia family caregivers provided care in 2022
Nationwide, the unmet need of family caregivers served by the Meaning & Hope Institute is extensive and rapidly growing. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that 6.7 million Americans, ages 65 and older, were living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2023. More than 1 in 9 people (11.3%) age 65 and older have Alzheimer’s disease, and 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or related dementia.
During 2020, more than 15 million family caregivers of people living with Alzheimer’s or related dementias provided an estimated 18.5 billion hours of unpaid care, a contribution to the nation valued at $257 billion. By 2050, the cost of dementia care is projected to reach $1.1 trillion (Alzheimer’s Association 2021).
In 2017, nonprofit Duet: Partners In Health & Aging launched a volunteer-led Finding Meaning and Hope discussion series based on the work of Pauline Boss, Ph.D., and her groundbreaking book Loving Someone Who Has Dementia: How to Find Hope While Coping with Stress and Grief.
Prior to 2021, Duet’s Finding Meaning and Hope work centered on training and certifying local volunteer facilitators to conduct a discussion series teaching caregivers self-care strategies to shore up their well-being and make peace with complex grief as their loved one descends into dementia. To date, more than 400 facilitators have been trained, and more than 1400 family caregivers completed Finding Meaning and Hope.
Thanks to a federal grant from the National Community Care Corps, the Institute now trains facilitators to conduct and offer Finding Meaning and Hope in 14 states throughout Arizona and across the nation, in addition to Canada and indigenous tribal nations and Spanish-speaking family caregivers in Arizona.
family caregivers completed Finding Meaning and Hope to date
active certified facilitators in 14 states throughout Arizona and across the nation have been trained to conduct Finding Meaning and Hope as of today
To extend the impact of Finding Meaning and Hope nationwide, we are seeking to partner with nonprofit community-based organizations, government and healthcare agencies, and individuals who wish to be certified as Finding Meaning and Hope discussion series facilitators. Join the growing number of organizations and agencies across the country who are helping to bring Finding Meaning and Hope and other vitally-needed resources to family caregivers in their communities. Contact Celeste Plumlee, Program Director of the Meaning & Hope Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about becoming a Meaning & Hope Partner.