With a whopping figure of 5.3 million dementia cases and still counting in the US, the federal government is constantly working towards addressing this issue in a more holistic way.
National Alzheimer’s Project Act is one such initiative that has turned the tables for the better treatment of dementia by reversing the course of the disease to some extent. Under the guidance of US department of health and human services, this project aims at eradicating the disease by 2025 through public awareness and in-depth research by providing support and dementia care to the patient and the family. The CMS.gov is also working with the federal and state department to provide the best dementia care by offering high-quality care services and nursing home residents to improve the overall quality of life of these patients.
Healthy Brain Initiative and Healthy Aging Program are two groundbreaking initiatives by the CDC that work towards maintaining better cognitive health by offering counseling services, clinical intervention to detect and prevent the disease with a promising health strategy in place.
As part of the federal government’s National Institute of Health, the ADEAR center by National Institute on Aging Provides detailed information on treatment, care offerings, clinical trials related to dementia care. Additionally, the National Institute of Aging and Information Centre offers online and printed publication on everything related to aging and dementia caregivers.
And with regards to aid, the federal government has rolled out a few benefit programs that can help the patients and their families to pay for medical expenses and dementia caregiving services. Medicare is one such federal insurance scheme that may not cover all yet provides coverage for doctor visits, medicine costs and hospital stays. Medicaid is also favorable for patients with dementia, a condition of low income and low cash resources. And of course, social security is always there for those who had contributed to the plan. Additionally, the Veterans Benefits Program can be accessible to a dementia patient provided he or she had served in the armed forces. One can also reach out to state and local initiatives that are associated with the government for dementia-related care services.
Essentially, you need to connect and build your own support system to get the best dementia care including family, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and friends.