The Alzheimer's Association National Plan Care and Support Milestone Workgroup has developed and recommended milestones for patient and caregiver support and outlined achievement strategies.
Among the strategies for attainment of patient care milestones:
- build a workforce with the skills to provide high-quality care
- ensure timely and accurate diagnosis
- educate and support people with Alzheimer's disease and their families on diagnosis
- identify high-quality dementia care guidelines and measures across care settings
‘An estimated 5.4 million Americans currently are living with Alzheimer's disease and by 2050 it is projected to increase to 16 million.’Advertisement
- ensure receipt of culturally sensitive education, training, support materials
- enable family caregivers to continue to provide care while maintaining their own health and well-being
- assist families in planning for future care needs
- maintain the dignity and rights of people with Alzheimer's disease
- Assess and address the housing needs of people with Alzheimer's disease
An estimated 5.4 million Americans currently are living with Alzheimer's disease. Total payments for the care of people with Alzheimer's and other dementias are projected to be $236 billion in 2016, of which nearly 70 percent will be paid by Medicare and Medicaid.
By 2050, as many as 16 million Americans will have Alzheimer's disease. Unless prevention therapy or actual treatment is developed in the coming decades, total costs of care could reach an estimated $1.1 trillion in 2050. The workgroup notes that perhaps even more daunting than the costs of care is the burden on individuals and families.