traınıng and advanced roles

ISSUE 24

November 21, 2017

Train workers in Alzheimer’s and dementia.
People with dementia deserve proper care.

Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) are affecting a large, growing number of older Americans—the number of people aged 65 and older with ADRD is expected to grow from 5.3 million to 7.1 million between 2017 and 2025. However, successfully managing ADRD while living at home often requires the support of home care workers—a marginalized workforce that is woefully untrained to support people with ADRD. This brief describes how ADRD affects both older people and their caregivers, and it explains why enhancing training for home care workers can better support clients dealing with ADRD. Finally, it offers five general recommendations for state policymakers to ensure home care workers are equipped to support this population.

 

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