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Alzheimers Disease Innovation 2013 Infographic


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Alzheimers Disease Innovation 2013 Infographic

  1. 1. Alzheimer’s Disease Innovation 2013 A Review of Barriers & Best Practices The Alzheimer’s Association National Office has released a 2013 update to the National Plan to address Alzheimer’s Disease. Read on to learn about the top 10 barriers and best practice tools and resources that can help. Barrier #1: Lack of Public Awareness • Widespread lack of knowledge/ understanding about Alzheimer’s Disease • High level of public/professional stigma and negative experiences for people living with Alzheimer’s Disease • Poor understanding of the scope of Alzheimer’s Disease Barrier #2: Lack of Funding for Research “The best hope we have of stemming this epidemic is through investments in research now. Federal funding for Alzheimer’s research is at a historic low.” – Quote from Alzheimer’s advocate Barrier #3: Delayed Diagnosis • Inaccurate or delayed diagnosis • Frustrating diagnostic process for clients and family caregivers • Diagnosis made without consulting a specialist (Neurologist, Geriatrician, Geriatric Psychiatrist) Barrier #4: Inadequate Dementia Care • Poor care coordination • Need for improved professional training on Alzheimer’s Disease Barrier #5: Ineffective Treatments • No treatments today to alter or cure Alzheimer’s Disease Barrier #6: Challenges Facing Diverse Communities • Eliminate disparity related to access, education and resources Barrier #7: Challenges Facing People Living with YoungerOnset Alzheimer’s Disease • Myth and misperception that Alzheimer’s Disease only affects older adults • Poor access to relevant education, support and services Barrier #8: Unprepared Family Caregivers • Family caregivers struggle to find affordable education, care and services • Emotional and physical burden takes it’s toll Barrier #9: Unprepared Communities • Some communities may not offer adequate education, support and resources Barrier #10: Mounting Costs • The cost to treat Alzheimer’s Disease is extremely high and not sustainable over time • Many clients and family caregivers do not qualify for insurance or government assistance The US Department of Health and Human Services has released the top 5 goals for the National Alzheimer’s Plan 2013 Prevent and Effectively Treat Alzheimer's Disease by 2025 Enhance Care Quality and Efficiency Enhance Public Awareness and Engagement Expand Support for People with Alzheimer's Disease and Their Families Track Progress and Drive Improvement Source: United States Department of Health and Human Services - Alzheimer’s Disease Solutions Toolkit Understand and Support People Living with Alzheimer’s Disease: Advocate for Alzheimer’s Disease Research: Learn About Alzheimer’s Disease Diagnosis: Create an Action Plan: Learn About Clinical Trials: Learn About Health Disparity and Alzheimer’s Disease: Learn About Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease: Learn About Best Practice Community Outreach Programs: Learn About Financial Assistance Programs: Learn About Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving: © 2013 Griswold International, LLC brought to you by Call 800-GRISWOLD CaringTimes Celebrate, Educate, Advocate Source: National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease 2013 Update -