Rising Tide of Alzheimer’s Disease a Destructive Tsunami on Healthcare Systems

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The Alzheimer’s Caregiver™ announces their commitment to meet the urgent need to develop a cost-effective educational care program whose evidence-based prevention strategies meet the needs of Alzheimer’s caregivers through all stages of the disease.

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Alzheimer’s Disease International’s (ADI) says 35.6 million people worldwide live with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s and other dementias are imposing huge societal economic burdens, primarily through the costs of care by unpaid caregiving by families and friends. The Alzheimer’s Caregiver™, http://www.thealzheimerscaregiver.com has met the urgent need to develop a cost-effective educational care program whose evidence-based prevention strategies meet the needs of Alzheimer’s caregivers through all stages of the disease. Alzheimer’s and other dementias already frighteningly affect every healthcare system in the world.

The Alzheimer’s Disease International’s (ADI) World Alzheimer Report 2009 says 35.6 million people worldwide live with Alzheimer’s or other related dementias. A large proportion of people with Alzheimer’s need some care, ranging from activities of daily living , such as Bathing, dressing, grooming, feeding and helping the person use the toilet or manage incontinence, to full personal care and round the clock supervision.

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Report on ‘Innovative Care for Chronic Conditions’ alerts policymakers to the implications of the decreases in communicable diseases and the rapid ageing of populations. Healthcare is currently organized around an acute, episodic model of care that no longer meets the needs of patients with chronic conditions such as Alzheimer’s and other related dementias.

Innovative approaches and creative programs such as The Alzheimer’s Caregiver™ that improve the management and outcomes associated with chronic conditions are slowly being developed around the world. These innovations in care range from education to integrating lay persons to provide services. Creative program developers like The Alzheimer’s Caregiver™ have used innovative formats to deliver these new programs, including among others, online subscription services that are readily available at the caregiver’s fingertips.

The Alzheimer’s Caregiver is: (i) based on current research, (ii) developed by experts in dementia care giving, (iii) translated to user-friendly language aimed at the “average” caregiver who may not have completed high school, (vi) rigorously tested by an iterative review process involving researchers, trainers, and caregivers, (v) delivered in interactive Internet format such as an interactive audio/visual media format with sections that can be viewed in any order and at the individual’s pace, and (vi) primarily utilizing websites, mobile websites, mobile handheld devices and mobile applications using adult education and computer based training methods that are directly useful and accessible to the widest variety of caregivers worldwide.

“The Alzheimer’s Caregiver™” is an online subscription program translates the best of dementia care research into the language of care managers and “hands-on” caregivers and develops, disseminates, and delivers these materials in an interactive Internet format including websites, mobile websites, mobile handheld devices and mobile applications that are directly useful and accessible to the widest variety of caregivers throughout the world.

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