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'CareFinder' program is a one-of-a-kind tool that allows
individuals and families to find care options that are personalized
to the individual abilities, needs and preferences of those
Millions of individuals affected by Alzheimer's disease are
faced with the challenge of finding good care for themselves or
their loved ones. To support them, the Alzheimer's Association has
developed a unique Web tool that helps find the right care options,
from home and community-based care, to assisted living and nursing
The Alzheimer's Association CareFinder, at
www.alz.org/carefinder , has a
special feature that allows individuals and families to input
personal information, special needs, abilities and preferences, and
receive a customized summary report with care recommendations and
specific questions to ask potential care providers based on the
-- Planning Ahead - A diagnosis of Alzheimer's in the
early stages of the disease does not mean that a person cannot make
decisions so it is important that the individual participate in
the decision-making process as much as possible about their future
care, legal and financial planning.
-- Care Options - Individuals with dementia have unique care needs
and there are many types of care available. The CareFinder defines
and outlines the types of care available, and informs families so
they can determine what care is needed for their loved ones.
-- Coordinating Care - Caring for a loved one with
Alzheimer's disease can involve several types of care providers from
physicians to in-home assistance to long-term care facilities, such
as assisted living and nursing homes. The CareFinder offers
advice on how families can remain engaged in the care of their loved
ones, communicate with doctors and others, and address problems such
as transferring a loved one to another long-term care facility.
-- Support and Resources - There are various support programs
available to help both people with Alzheimer's and their loved ones
deal with the impact of the disease. The Alzheimer's Association
Helpline at 1.800.272.3900 is available 24/7 to help anyone impacted
by Alzheimer's disease. The CareFinder also includes Web links to
other resources such as the Eldercare Locator and National Academy
of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA).
Today, Alzheimer's disease affects 4.5 million people in
the United States and as baby boomers age that number could increase
to as many as 16 million people by 2050. Seven out of 10 people with
Alzheimer's disease live at home, cared for by family and friends.
Each day, 150,000 older Americans attend adult day care facilities;
50 percent of them have some form of cognitive impairment. More than
half of assisted living and nursing home residents in the U.S. have
some form of dementia.