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Alzheimer's Panel Speeds Past Planning Discussion

Alzheimer's disease plaque. (University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Photo/James Eberwine)
Alzheimer's disease plaque. (University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Photo/James Eberwine)

Members of an Alzheimer’s disease advisory panel today spent little time talking about the recommendations they will make regarding the planning issues associated with the condition.

The Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care and Services – an arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) -- met to review recommendations that could be used to create a national plan for attacking Alzheimer’s disease.

A nearby section of the recommendations says services for families and caregivers should include, "outreach, advocacy; disease and self-care education; psycho-social support groups; supports for long distance caregivers; caregiver-centered dementia care management (such as T-Care); legal and financial (including family care tax relief policies and benefits counseling) services; a continuum of respite services; and supportive workplace family care policies."

"Services should utilize innovative gap filling and financing strategies," the LTSS subcommittee says. "CMS should provide guidance to all states on adding adult day services as a state optional service under Medicaid. Services should encourage development and provide LTSS linkages to state, local; and private supportive housing resources."

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