The new Alzheimer’s National Strategy Plan that was announced last week and that our country has taken up will greatly enhance the way we go about combating the disease in all forms, not only in the research for a cure, but the way we go about handling everything in the Alzheimer’s world, from the research for a cure to the way we spend the funds and what we spends the funds on.
There is also help for the one of the most affected segments of Alzheimer’s, the Caregivers. This has been a group that for too long has been ignored or just overlooked as part of the way we treat this disease, we know, that is why we formed the ARA. To help answer the questions we all have.
We came across this article from the Glenner Memory Care Centers, from their blog, that took a look at the plan and found out just how the plan would affect Caregivers and what kind of help would be available and they come up with the links that we as Caregivers should all know about. This is one of the reasons the plan was put together in the first place. It was the Caregivers who first spoke out about the need for a new National Strategy for Alzheimer’s.
We thank the Glenner Memory Care Centers for doing the research on this to let us know how the new plan will help all the Caregivers out there. ARA
May 16, 2012 by Anne S.
Lots has been written this week about the National Alzheimer’s Plan approved in Washington, D.C., that should bring more resources to the fight against the disease. We can presume those with other forms of dementia also will benefit.
One major part of the plan involves strengthening caregiver support. This is a long time in coming! Specifically, three sections of the plan incorporate additional resources to support those caring at home for someone with Alzheimer’s:
“Ensure Receipt of Culturally Sensitive Education, Training, and 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“
This last strategy is interesting because it tries to find why so many middle-aged people do not plan ahead for a time when they will no longer be able to care for themselves on their own. A national survey is planned to arrive at an answer and then develop a means to encourage more action to avoid future “sandwich generations.” NAPA also seems to understand that caregivers’ own health must be maintained.