Federal Website Helps Alzheimer’s Patients and Caregivers

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Man with dementia
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The federal government has spruced up a website for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and those who care for them.

The Alzheimers.gov website is intended to offer education and support to the millions of Americans with the disease.

It also serves as a federal government portal for dementia information and resources. It’s managed by the National Institute on Aging and other federal agencies.

Features of the website include:

  • Information on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia — including causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options
  • Tips and resources for both caregivers and dementia patients
  • The latest on what the federal government is doing to address these health conditions
  • A list of clinical trials and studies patients can join
  • Resources for health care providers, community and public health workers, and researchers

The website describes its mission as follows:

“A primary goal of Alzheimers.gov is to connect people to the many federal resources available to educate and support people whose lives are touched by these devastating diseases in their various roles.”

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that impacts memory, thinking and behavior. It is progressive, and there is no cure. Over time, symptoms will interfere with a person’s ability to perform daily tasks.

More than 6 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease, and that figure is projected to grow to nearly 13 million by 2050, according to the nonprofit Alzheimer’s Association.

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