Team Suzy was formed as a 501(c)3 non-profit with the idea to create a “Road Map to Caregiving” for families and caregivers during their journey with loved ones affected with Alzheimer’s and other related dementias. We accomplish this through education, a financial grant application process, and innovative programs to support the families.
About Team Suzy
The Team Suzy mission is to make a significant impact on those in our community affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias by granting financial aid to caregivers, educating our peers about the disease, and partnering with other local non-profits. Our team has first-hand knowledge and experience in caregiving and what it takes to overcome its challenges. Team Suzy partners with other organizations to provide the support and education that caregivers need to provide the best care possible.
The Companion Pet Program
Funded by Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Grant
In collaboration with Michigan Humane, Team Suzy proudly announces a new, no-cost program that will pair adopted pets from Michigan Humane with families and caregivers of loved ones during their journey with Alzheimer’s and other related dementias. Team Suzy will provide a financial grant to families that qualify and will work with Michigan Humane to match a Companion Pet and a family through the adoption process.
Sponsored by a grant from AFA The Anne and Irving Brodsky Innovation Grant
Apply for a grant
Team Suzy has opened the grant application process for 2023. Please fill out the application and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once submitted, you will be contacted by us to inform you that we have begun the vetting process. We expect the process will take 4-6 weeks to finalize, so please be patient.
Why We Care
Over 11 million Americans provide unpaid care for people living with Alzheimer’s and other related dementias.
57% of employed caregivers had to go in late, leave early, or take time off due to caregiving demands.
83% of care at home is provided by family members, friends, or other unpaid caregivers.
Approximately two-thirds of dementia and Alzheimer’s caregivers are women.
57% of all caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias provide care for four or more years.
In 2020 family and other unpaid caregivers had provided an estimate of 15.3 billion hours of unpaid help, which works out to an average of 26.3 hours per caregiver per week, equating to over 1,370 hours per year.
59% of caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias rated the emotional stress of caregiving as high or very high.
64% of caregivers living with a family member with dementia pay 65% of the total care costs incurred during their family member's last seven years of life.
Corporate Partners and Sponsors
Joseph J. Laurencelle Memorial Foundation
Walsh Family Foundation
Anne and Irving Brodsky Innovation Grant
Team Suzy will continue to partner with foundations and corporations that believe in helping caregivers and families affected with Alzheimer’s and other related dementias. Please contact us at Mike@teamsuzy.org to get involved.