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Alzheimer’s & Related Dementias Acute Care Advisory Committee Recommendations

A committee established in 2016 by the Massachusetts Legislature recently called on hospitals to develop, within three years, a comprehensive plan for addressing the needs of patients with dementia, about 60 to 80 percent of whom have Alzheimer’s. Composed of elder-care specialists, government officials, and patients’ caregivers, the committee released recommendations for establishing protocols for identifying people with dementia, training staff, and changing the surroundings, such as creating quiet areas. These recommendations are grouped into four categories: Emergency Department (ED),Inpatient, Education and Training, and Quality Measures.

Source: Massachusetts Dept of Public Health   June 2017

Alzheimer’s Impact on Rural Health is Prompting Innovation

This report on the impact of Alzheimer's Disease on America’s rural health population includes rural healthcare models and innovative solutions for the care of these patients and support for their caregivers, that can be duplicated in states across the country. These include a dementia caregiver support model, in-home respite program for unpaid caregivers, and in-home service program to enable patients to live at home rather than in a long-term care facility.

Source: RAC Monitor   November 2017

Rural Transportation: Challenges and Opportunities

While rural health care is more commonly talked about today, there remains limited research on the specific transportation challenges such communities face in meeting the health needs of their populations. This policy brief uses survey data from 113 key informants across all fifty states to describe challenges and potential policy interventions for transportation that may make a difference.

Source: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center   November 2017

Medicare Spends More on Socially Isolated Older Adults

Social isolation is a proven risk factor in the health and well-being of older adults. Growing concerns about these risks are now being validated with financial data that highlights the impact on health care. This study from AARP’s Public Policy Institute and Stanford University’s Center on the Demography and Economics of Health and Aging examined Medicare spending data, to prove the link between social connection and health.

Source: AARP Public Policy Institute   November 2017

Millennials and Dementia Caregiving in the U.S.

This issue brief explores millennial caregiving in the United States with the goal of enhancing our understanding of the experiences and challenges young adults face caring for loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Using data from the nationally representative study, Caregiving in the U.S. 2015 conducted by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, the brief offers key findings that are critical for framing policy and programming solutions to support this growing segment of the caregiver community.

Source: USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging   November 2017


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