The GEM Center
Preparing for the "Silver Tsunami" - State Government Alzheimer's Disease Plans

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Contact Gail Sonnesso at (252) 480-3354to request additional information regarding dementia care training
 

Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States affecting over 5 million lives. According to 2010 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures, from 2000-2006 the number of Alzheimer deaths increased 46 percent, while the number of deaths due to stroke, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, and breast cancer decreased. Without a significant medical breakthrough, Alzheimer's is likely to remain a leading cause of death for an aging baby boom generation, placing an enormous strain on families and state budgets.

Without a plan to address the rapid growth of Alzheimer cases, state governments will be left unprepared to meet the health, social service, long-term care, public safety, transportation, and workforce needs of this population. A comprehensive state plan provides the mechanism to consider all of these issues collectively. The process involves bringing to the table such parties as: state agencies, legislators, residential and community care providers, professional and family caregivers, and persons with Alzheimer's disease.

Since 2007, twelve states have released state plans and are working to implement their recommendations. Eighteen additional states are in the process of developing a state plan. Join the national movement and ensure your state is ready for the impending "silver tsunami."

Also as states struggle to balance unprecedented budget deficits, the Alzheimer's Association sent a letter in support of extending the enhanced FMAP rate to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Without this money, we know states will have to make deeper cuts to the services and supports important to persons with Alzheimer's disease and their families.

For information on what your state is doing, please contact your local Alzheimer's Association Chapter or me.
Jenn Holcomb - Senior State Policy Specialist
Alzheimer's Association
1319 F Street NW, Suite 500
Washington DC 20004
Phone: 202.638.8668
Email: jennifer.holcomb@alz.org

At present, the National Institute on Aging estimates that over five million Americans have Alzheimer's disease. These older adults have specialized cognitive, physical and emotional needs. Few caregivers,paid or unpaid, have the specialized training needed to optimally care for those with dementia.

Unfortunately, most hands-on care providers report that they learn about dementia care "on the job" or through "trial and error." GEM provides specific dementia education that allows these care providers to perform their jobs in a more competent and nurturing manner.

At the end of the GEM dementia care training, care providers are able to:

Training involves 30 intensive hours of dementia-specific training over five days. Training is facilitated by Gail Sonnesso, MS, Director of GEM.

Currently, the Eastern Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association in cooperation with the NC Nurses Association and the Nursing Home Association offers continuing education units (CEUs) to those who successfully complete the GEM course.

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The GEM Center
Preparing for the "Silver Tsunami" - State Government Alzheimer's Disease Plans

Volunteer

 
Caregiving
Contact Gail Sonnesso at (252) 480-3354to request additional information regarding dementia care training
 

Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States affecting over 5 million lives. According to 2010 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures, from 2000-2006 the number of Alzheimer deaths increased 46 percent, while the number of deaths due to stroke, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, and breast cancer decreased. Without a significant medical breakthrough, Alzheimer's is likely to remain a leading cause of death for an aging baby boom generation, placing an enormous strain on families and state budgets.

Without a plan to address the rapid growth of Alzheimer cases, state governments will be left unprepared to meet the health, social service, long-term care, public safety, transportation, and workforce needs of this population. A comprehensive state plan provides the mechanism to consider all of these issues collectively. The process involves bringing to the table such parties as: state agencies, legislators, residential and community care providers, professional and family caregivers, and persons with Alzheimer's disease.

Since 2007, twelve states have released state plans and are working to implement their recommendations. Eighteen additional states are in the process of developing a state plan. Join the national movement and ensure your state is ready for the impending "silver tsunami."

Also as states struggle to balance unprecedented budget deficits, the Alzheimer's Association sent a letter in support of extending the enhanced FMAP rate to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Without this money, we know states will have to make deeper cuts to the services and supports important to persons with Alzheimer's disease and their families.

For information on what your state is doing, please contact your local Alzheimer's Association Chapter or me.
Jenn Holcomb - Senior State Policy Specialist
Alzheimer's Association
1319 F Street NW, Suite 500
Washington DC 20004
Phone: 202.638.8668
Email: jennifer.holcomb@alz.org

Untitled Document
The GEM Center
Preparing for the "Silver Tsunami" - State Government Alzheimer's Disease Plans

Volunteer

 
Caregiving
Contact Gail Sonnesso at (252) 480-3354to request additional information regarding dementia care training
 

Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States affecting over 5 million lives. According to 2010 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures, from 2000-2006 the number of Alzheimer deaths increased 46 percent, while the number of deaths due to stroke, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, and breast cancer decreased. Without a significant medical breakthrough, Alzheimer's is likely to remain a leading cause of death for an aging baby boom generation, placing an enormous strain on families and state budgets.

Without a plan to address the rapid growth of Alzheimer cases, state governments will be left unprepared to meet the health, social service, long-term care, public safety, transportation, and workforce needs of this population. A comprehensive state plan provides the mechanism to consider all of these issues collectively. The process involves bringing to the table such parties as: state agencies, legislators, residential and community care providers, professional and family caregivers, and persons with Alzheimer's disease.

Since 2007, twelve states have released state plans and are working to implement their recommendations. Eighteen additional states are in the process of developing a state plan. Join the national movement and ensure your state is ready for the impending "silver tsunami."

Also as states struggle to balance unprecedented budget deficits, the Alzheimer's Association sent a letter in support of extending the enhanced FMAP rate to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Without this money, we know states will have to make deeper cuts to the services and supports important to persons with Alzheimer's disease and their families.

For information on what your state is doing, please contact your local Alzheimer's Association Chapter or me.
Jenn Holcomb - Senior State Policy Specialist
Alzheimer's Association
1319 F Street NW, Suite 500
Washington DC 20004
Phone: 202.638.8668
Email: jennifer.holcomb@alz.org

Untitled Document
The GEM Center
Preparing for the "Silver Tsunami" - State Government Alzheimer's Disease Plans

Volunteer

 
Caregiving
Contact Gail Sonnesso at (252) 480-3354to request additional information regarding dementia care training
 

Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States affecting over 5 million lives. According to 2010 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures, from 2000-2006 the number of Alzheimer deaths increased 46 percent, while the number of deaths due to stroke, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, and breast cancer decreased. Without a significant medical breakthrough, Alzheimer's is likely to remain a leading cause of death for an aging baby boom generation, placing an enormous strain on families and state budgets.

Without a plan to address the rapid growth of Alzheimer cases, state governments will be left unprepared to meet the health, social service, long-term care, public safety, transportation, and workforce needs of this population. A comprehensive state plan provides the mechanism to consider all of these issues collectively. The process involves bringing to the table such parties as: state agencies, legislators, residential and community care providers, professional and family caregivers, and persons with Alzheimer's disease.

Since 2007, twelve states have released state plans and are working to implement their recommendations. Eighteen additional states are in the process of developing a state plan. Join the national movement and ensure your state is ready for the impending "silver tsunami."

Also as states struggle to balance unprecedented budget deficits, the Alzheimer's Association sent a letter in support of extending the enhanced FMAP rate to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Without this money, we know states will have to make deeper cuts to the services and supports important to persons with Alzheimer's disease and their families.

For information on what your state is doing, please contact your local Alzheimer's Association Chapter or me.
Jenn Holcomb - Senior State Policy Specialist
Alzheimer's Association
1319 F Street NW, Suite 500
Washington DC 20004
Phone: 202.638.8668
Email: jennifer.holcomb@alz.org

Untitled Document
The GEM Center
Preparing for the "Silver Tsunami" - State Government Alzheimer's Disease Plans

Volunteer

 
Caregiving
Contact Gail Sonnesso at (252) 480-3354to request additional information regarding dementia care training
 

Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States affecting over 5 million lives. According to 2010 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures, from 2000-2006 the number of Alzheimer deaths increased 46 percent, while the number of deaths due to stroke, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, and breast cancer decreased. Without a significant medical breakthrough, Alzheimer's is likely to remain a leading cause of death for an aging baby boom generation, placing an enormous strain on families and state budgets.

Without a plan to address the rapid growth of Alzheimer cases, state governments will be left unprepared to meet the health, social service, long-term care, public safety, transportation, and workforce needs of this population. A comprehensive state plan provides the mechanism to consider all of these issues collectively. The process involves bringing to the table such parties as: state agencies, legislators, residential and community care providers, professional and family caregivers, and persons with Alzheimer's disease.

Since 2007, twelve states have released state plans and are working to implement their recommendations. Eighteen additional states are in the process of developing a state plan. Join the national movement and ensure your state is ready for the impending "silver tsunami."

Also as states struggle to balance unprecedented budget deficits, the Alzheimer's Association sent a letter in support of extending the enhanced FMAP rate to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Without this money, we know states will have to make deeper cuts to the services and supports important to persons with Alzheimer's disease and their families.

For information on what your state is doing, please contact your local Alzheimer's Association Chapter or me.
Jenn Holcomb - Senior State Policy Specialist
Alzheimer's Association
1319 F Street NW, Suite 500
Washington DC 20004
Phone: 202.638.8668
Email: jennifer.holcomb@alz.org