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Disparities in Preventable Hospitalization Among Patients With Alzheimer Diseases

System-level care coordination strategies can be the most effective to promote continuity of care among people with Alzheimer’s disease; however, the evidence is lacking. The objective of this study is to determine whether accountable care organizations are associated with lower rates of potentially preventable hospitalizations for people with Alzheimer’s disease and whether hospital accountable care […]

Financial steps to take when dealing with Alzheimer’s

If a person close to you has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it may be time to address some serious financial questions. Due to the debilitating nature of Alzheimer’s and related forms of dementia on your loved one’s ability to make sound financial decisions, the sooner you can get financial matters in order […]

Taking it to Alzheimer’s

Jacob R. Simburger, communications manager for the local Alzheimer’s Association, was anxious to share Pat Brown’s story. April 18 is the start of Volunteer Week and Simburger could think of no better person to highlight than Brown.

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Alzheimers Q&A: What is transience memory?

“Despite memory’s obvious benefits, it can also let us down,” says Daniel Schacter, author of “The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers.” “Memory, for all that it does for us every day … for all the feats that can sometimes amaze us, can also be a troublemaker.”

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Burden of Alzheimer’s is growing

The Alzheimer’s Association’s 2021 Alzheimer’s disease facts and figures report illustrates that the burden of Alzheimer’s across the nation continues to grow. An estimated 6.2 million Americans age 65 and older have Alzheimer’s dementia, including 66,000 in Iowa.

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Caring for the Caregiver with Respite Care Options

More than 54 million people provide unpaid care to a loved one who is aged or disabled. For primary caregivers — who are often either a spouse or child — this kind of intense caregiving can take an untold toll on their mental, physical and emotional strength over time, often resulting in fatigue, depression and […]

Making financial plans after a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

If your loved one receives a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or other dementia, you should be aware of the importance of financial planning.

“It is required and very recommended that all individuals have a power of attorney and a healthcare proxy,” says Dan Young.

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Legal & Financial Planning For Alzheimer’s

Today, 22,000 Montanans are among more than 6 million people in the United States living with Alzheimer’s disease. By 2050, if no cure is found, that nationwide total will approach 13 million. Caring for those loved ones day-to-day is one challenge. Preparing for the potentially staggering costs is yet another.

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Nursing Home Residents Get First Hugs in a Year, As Visits Resume

After a grueling year of COVID-induced loss and loneliness in America’s nursing homes, many residents finally are reuniting with their loved ones for hugs, hand-holding and indoor visits, thanks to recently revised nursing home guidelines from the federal government.

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Caretakers needed: Pandemic shows accelerating dementia symptoms, needs

In 2020, more than 11 million Americans provided an estimated 15.3 billion hours of unpaid care, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

“These are unsustainable numbers,” said Melissa Thompson, regional director of the northern Michigan office of the Alzheimer’s Association’s greater Michigan chapter.

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