As a country, we face significant challenges from Alzheimer’s disease. Currently, the neuro-degenerative disease affects between 4 million and 7 million people in the United States, and doctors expect to diagnose more than 14 million people by 2050.
In California, Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death. The effect on people’s lives is enormous, and it comes with a hefty financial bill as well: It’s estimated $100 billion is being spent annually to treat Alzheimer’s patients.
Fortunately, California has a four-part plan in place to address the growing Alzheimer’s crisis. It includes:
The first step in California’s plan is to spread awareness and acceptance of Alzheimer’s disease. This involves public education and developing public information and educational materials.
Ensuring Access to High-Quality, Coordinated Care
California wants to make sure Alzheimer’s who want and can stay in their homes can do so. With coordinated care plans, more patients will have this options.
Establishing a Comprehensive Approach to Support Family Caregivers
The state’s initiative will focus on unpaid family caregivers. California is working to develop more professional guidance, training, and resources.
Developing an Alzheimer’s-proficient Workforce
Truly addressing the Alzheimer’s crisis requires training medical staff in basic dementia sensitivity. California Alzheimer’s Disease Centers will lead the way in training healthcare workers.
A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s doesn’t always mean moving into a nursing home. With technology like EasyCall, seniors can keep their independence and stay in their homes. EasyCall ensures help is never further than the push of a button.