Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a six-week educational series designed to help family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend with a chronic illness. A family caregiver will benefit from this class whether you are helping a parent, spouse, friend, someone who lives at home, in a nursing home, or across the country.
Dementia-Capable North Carolina is a project, which began in 2015, was accomplished through a partnership between the NC Institute of Medicine and the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services along with substantial support from AARP North Carolina, Alzheimer’s North Carolina, the NC Alzheimer’s Association, LeadingAge North Carolina and The Duke Endowment. This work cumulated the expertise of our state’s leading experts on Alzheimer’s Disease from the academic, medical, research, behavior health, public health, social health and advocacy sectors as well as persons with dementia and their caregivers.
This plan is framed using the guiding principles of “Dementia Friendly America” launched in 2015 at the White House Conference on Aging. The original initiative (Dementia Friendly Communities) conceptualized in Minnesota and supported through ACT on Alzheimer’s, acknowledges that supporting the needs of families and their loves-ones with dementia begins in every community through grass-roots public-private partnerships.
The goal of the NC strategic plan is to address our state’s 5th leading cause of death at the local, regional and state level through collaboration, partnerships and the ongoing leveraging of resources to support families. Alzheimer’s disease is a terminal illness and the only top 10th cause of death that cannot be cured, prevented, or slowed. Age is the primary known risk factor for dementia. North Carolina has the 9th fastest growing population of persons over age 65. Currently an estimated 160,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s disease which is anticipated to increase to more than 210,000 in 9 years or by 2025.
This information was been presented to the NC Joint Legislative Oversight Committee for Health and Human Services on March 8, 2015. For more information on this presentation please visit http://www.wral.com/smith-s-wife-to-advocate-for-investments-in-dementia-care/15498724/
All documents can also be found at the NC Institute of Medicine website at www.nciom.org. Please share this plan with your contacts and colleagues within your network.
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