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The Alzheimer’s Epidemic Is Coming. How Can The National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers Help Prepare Families?
Date:2/22/2013

Tucson, AZ (PRWEB) February 22, 2013

A recent study funded by the government and published in The Journal of Neurology said that by 2050 it is expected that 13.8 million people will have Alzheimer’s disease. Families currently provide almost 80% of all care and the burden on the working family caregiver can be extreme – immensely affecting resources and health of family care providers. The estimated cost of providing care for these individual is estimated to top $1 trillion a year.

Families who understand the disease process engage professionals to coach and guide them (from the private, non-profit, and educational systems). They will be better equipped to give care, share care, and survive the long journey that an Alzheimer’s diagnosis can bring.

The National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers recommends that all families learn about the symptoms of the disease and at a minimum do the following:
1) Locate classes that give an overview on the disease.
2) Become aware of the resources for diagnosis and treatment.
3) Become aware of the local support systems to give family respite.
4) Educate themselves on the legal tools that will be necessary to take over the decision making when necessary.
5) Consult with a professional geriatric care manager who can be the coach and locate the local resources for the family.
6) Become aware of all the entitlements that could assist with expenses of the care.
7) Learn how to communicate to someone who has a dementia to reduce anxiety and stress.

Geriatric Care Managers are part of a support network that are knowledgeable about the resources in their communities, and can anticipate needs and be there for the elderly when the family cannot. They can hire and supervise hourly or live-in caregivers as well. Their involvement can give the family an assurance that the right people are there to help. To locate a
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