#ElderCareChat 11/16/11 Recap: Alzheimer’s from the Frontlines

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 18 November 2011

A culmination of feedback from 130 public input sessions, a national Telephone Town Hall meeting, and comments on the NAPA web site (all facilitated by the Alzheimer’s Association), resulted in the Alzheimer’s from the Frontlines report, in which the top 10 challenges facing Alzheimer’s caregivers and those living with the disease are outlined.

This week’s #ElderCareChat discussion was centered on those challenges; participants chimed in with their thoughts, questions and calls to action for each (listed below).

  1. A lack of public awareness
  2. Insufficient research funding
  3. Difficulties with diagnosis
  4. Poor dementia care
  5. Inadequate treatments
  6. Specific challenges facing diverse communities
  7. Specific challenges facing those with younger-onset Alzheimer’s
  8. Unprepared caregivers
  9. Ill-equipped communities
  10. Mounting costs


Here’s what they had to say:

Don’t miss our next chat: Wednesday, November 30th at 1pm ET. We welcome professionals, long-distance caregivers, former caregivers, advocates, friends – essentially, anyone who is interested in eldercare issues.

Encourage your friends, family or colleagues to join our bi-weekly discussions anytime. If the time frame doesn’t sync with your schedule, start a discussion thread on our LinkedIn page, or use the #eldercarechat hashtag to present a question or idea to the group.

We’re happy to offer a full transcript following each chat (many thanks to Craig, aka @ctffox, with The Fox Group). Click here to review the details of our conversation, and be sure to share it with others who are equally passionate – or perhaps totally uninformed – about these issues.

See who was there and get the average number of tweets per participant with these #ElderCareChat analytics.

Read more about how to deal with the challenges of Alzheimer’s in our comprehensive Resource Guide.


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