The French, while often maligned by Americans, are seeking new ways to manage Alzheimer's care. This article discusses the $2 billion plan launched by the French in 2007 to improve ways of caring for people with Alzheimer's disease. Specifically, France's approach includes:
1. Boosting medical research;
2. Creating new local memory clinics and research centers;
3. Integrating regional social services and health care;
4. Improving quality of home care;
5. Expanding training for doctors and other staff; and
6. Enhancing day-care centers, night sitting and temporary accommodation.
The goal is to keep patients out of hospitals and in their homes for as long as possible.
With 5.4 million American's suffering from Alzheimer's, a number that could reach 13 million by 2050, the failure of science to produce a cure for Alzheimer's will place a heavy burden on the U.S. government.
There is also the legal component posed by individuals with Alzheimer's. Specifically, as they most likely are unable to manage their day to day financial affairs and make medical decisions, who will make these decisions for them? If a Power of Attorney is not in place, who will become Guardian and Conservator?
Consulting an experienced Michigan elder law attorney, such as the attorneys at Barsch & Joswick, PLLC, should be one of the first calls you make if you have a loved one that suffers from Alzheimer's. Call today for a free consultation.