Alzheimer’s disease and the family caregiver: Deciding when to make a move

Consider the statistics. Every 65 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease, an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. Today, 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. By 2050, this number is projected to more than double, rising to nearly 14 million. Much of the responsibility of caring for people with Alzheimer’s falls on the shoulders of …

Empowerment: Taking a New Approach to Dementia

Part 2: Seeking the solutions Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias (ADRD) is an intricate process. As we explored in our previous blog, poor outcomes, such as too many hospitalizations, negative behaviors, and overuse of psychotropic medications, have been pervasive. Innovators in memory care services are taking new approaches to ADRD focused on person-centered care, improved …

Empowerment: Taking a New Approach to Dementia

Part 1: Confronting the challenges It’s a force to be reckoned with. Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) are debilitating conditions that impair memory, interfere with thought processes, and limit day-to-day functioning. As the disease continues to surge—affecting more than five million Americans and as many as 16 million by 2050—the nation is seeking new ways to care for people …