Best Practices in Dementia Care and Caregiver Support
There are 5.7 million people in the U.S. living with Alzheimer's disease, and an estimated 16.1 million caregivers providing unpaid care to someone with dementia. People living with dementia suffer under the burden of progressive cognitive impairment and often face repeat hospitalizations, making them the most expensive group of patients to our health care system. In fact, over five years, the average cost of care for a person with dementia is more than 80 percent higher than the cost of care for a patient with heart disease or cancer.
Despite the fact that the physical and emotional toll on family caregivers is well-documented, little has been done to integrate caregiver support into the routine care of dementia patients. Caregiver burden and fatigue not only worsen the caregivers' health, but exacerbate the dementia patients’ poor health outcomes and lead to earlier instiutionalization.
Though no existing drug treatments change the underlying course of the disease, there are many interventions that support both patients and caregivers living with dementia. This curriculum is intended to equip health care professionals with skills and tools needed to improve quality of life for people living with dementia and their caregivers.
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- Understanding and Responding to Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia
- Communicating About What to Expect as Dementia Progresses
- Dementia: Discussing Your Patient's Dementia Diagnosis