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Recently, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an update to the 2012 National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease. The update includes a new timeline for preventing and treating Alzheimer's disease by 2025, as well as a review of the progress that has been made since the initial plan was released last May.
The update reports that the HHS has strengthened the ability of nursing home staff to provide high-quality person-centered care for people with Alzheimer’s disease through a series of training videos that was sent to every nursing home in the US.
I believe that this is a step in the right direction. But there's more we can do to make sure that people with Alzheimer's and their families get the care and support they need.
We must educate all health care workers on how to provide high-quality memory care. We must mandate abilities-focused, person-centered dementia care training in curriculums for nurses, therapists, doctors, social workers, nursing aides, and all care professionals. We must ensure that all staff have the skills to optimize the function, safety, and quality of life of those with dementia. This will help us see profound quality outcomes, great cost savings, and increased well-being for everyone—including people with dementia and the family members, friends, and professionals who care for them.
As researchers focus on finding a cure for Alzheimer's, it’s up to all of us to get the skills to make life better now for people with dementia. Are you ready to help us create a Dementia Capable Society
? I welcome your partnership in our work to help the millions of individuals with dementia to experience the high quality of life that they deserve!
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