Information for Healthcare Providers

In New York there are an estimated 400,000 individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias (AD/D). This number is projected to grow to 460,000 by 2025. Although there is an active research agenda, exploring early diagnosis and potential cures, Alzheimer's disease remains a serious concern for New York State, as increasing numbers of patients and their caregivers face the overwhelming challenges associated with the progression of this disease.

New York's public health response is the implementation of a $27 million Alzheimer's Disease Caregiver Support Initiative. It is the first of its kind in the nation to support people with AD/D and, especially, their caregivers. The purpose of this Initiative includes preventing emergency room visits and hospitalizations, providing early diagnosis and care, supporting patients at home and in the community, and improving health, quality of life, and well-being for both the patients and their caregivers.

As a healthcare provider you can help address this growing issue through: early diagnosis of dementia; talking to patients and providers about planning for the future; managing co-occurring conditions to maximize health; and developing linkages with community based organizations for patient and caregiver support. To find more information or contact a program under the New York State Alzheimer's Disease Support Initiative, please visit: Where Can I Get Help?

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