Alzheimer’s Caregivers Need Support, Too

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Need Support, Too

Feb 11, 2016 10:00 AM

What: Open House, University of Utah Center for Alzheimer’s Care, Imaging and Research

When: Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Where: CACIR Brain Health Library
Imaging and Neurosciences Center

729 Arapeen Way, Salt Lake City

See full schedule below

Anyone who cares for someone who is slipping into the slow decline of Alzheimer’s knows how frustrating, and heartbreaking, it can be. “Losing a little bit of a loved one each day is a difficult situation to face,” says one woman whose partner was diagnosed with the condition two years ago.

The University of Utah Center for Alzheimer’s Care, Imaging and Research (CACIR) is the only interdisciplinary specialty clinic in the Mountain West dedicated to treating cognitive impairment. Utah is in desperate need of resources like CACIR because it is experiencing the greatest growth of any state in the country in numbers of people with Alzheimer’s disease, with an expected increase of 127 percent in 10 years. Although there is no cure, Alzheimer’s symptoms are most optimally managed by the right medications and providing education and support to caregivers, including family members.

With 132,000 Alzheimer’s caregivers in Utah, treating the disease necessitates treating the caregivers too. Unfortunately, this supportive care often is not covered by medical insurance. In an effort to address this obstacle, the center recently received a generous three-year grant from the Daniels Fund.

“Individuals with dementing diseases can expect to enjoy a good quality of life throughout their entire illness. New approaches of proactive and individually sculpted care incorporate a plan for family support,“ says Norman Foster, M.D., director of CACIR. “We welcome the Daniels Fund as a new partner in achieving our shared vision to enhance self-determination and maximize the independence of the growing number of Utah citizens with cognitive impairment and their caregivers.”

Assets from the Daniels Fund are enhancing education and family support for elderly individuals with cognitive concerns through upgrades to the center’s Brain Health Learning Center. The funds are also subsidizing the costs of caregivers who meet with the clinic’s medical providers, and would otherwise have to pay out of pocket for those services.

“It’s comforting to know that we can call the clinic and get not only answers, but also some empathy and understanding,” explains the patient's caregiver.      
       

Media and the community are invited to an Open House to tour the facilities and learn about CACIR and its educational resources, and advances in diagnosis, treatment, and care.

University of Utah Center for Alzheimer’s Care, Imaging and Research Open House
CACIR Brain Health Library
Imaging and Neurosciences Center

729 Arapeen Way, Salt Lake City

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Patient and Care Partner Open House

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Community Open House

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Anniversary Symposium: “Learning from each other: Comparing 21st century cognitive care in Sweden and Utah” by Maria Eriksdotter, MD, PhD, Professor of Clinical Geriatrics, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, and Norman Foster, MD, Director, Center for Alzheimer’s Care, Imaging and Research

To learn about CACIR, the Brain Health Library, and the Open House, contact Margaret Adams-Cooley at 801-587-7236, Margaret.adams-cooley@hsc.utah.edu


 

 

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Media Contacts

Margaret Adams-Cooley
Center for Alzheimer's Care, Imaging, and Research
Phone: 801-587-7236
Email: Margaret.adams-cooley@hsc.utah.edu

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