As part of the federal government's National Alzheimer's Plan to improve treatments and family support for the disease by 2025, a new website - alzheimers.gov - was launched that aims to help patients and families learn about the disease and find better treatments.
"These actions are the cornerstones of a historic effort to fight Alzheimer's disease," Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement regarding the website.
The site has a number of sections that provide valuable information for caregivers, patients or anyone who wants to learn about the disease.
Under the "Alzheimer's is..." tab, you can find information on the symptoms of the disease, how to diagnose it, as well as the various stages. A second tab outlines treatment options such as medical treatment and clinical trials.
Alzheimer's disease is expensive to care for, so the government provides a section on how to develop a plan to pay for care, and what resources are available to you to make expenses associated with Alzheimer's more affordable.
The site also has an entire section dedicated to information and support for caregivers. It provides you with a number of resources to help deal with various issues an Alzheimer's patient will go through, including, driving, depression and wandering. The page also provides caregivers with numerous links to sources that can help them become the best caregiver possible, and how to cope with the many struggles that will arise.
Another feature of the web page is informational YouTube videos that offer an introduction to the website and a few testimonials from current Alzheimer's care on what they deal with on a day-to-day basis. The caregivers interviewed also give some advice throughout the videos.
The new government Alzheimer's website is just a part of the National Alzheimer's Plan. The government also plans to conduct an $8 million study of an insulin nasal spray that could potentially help Alzheimer's disease. The National Health Institute is also contributing $16 million to an international study to find out if Alzheimer's brain plaque can be prevented. Training will be given to doctors and health providers on the best ways to care for Alzheimer's patients and their families.
This website is a valuable tool for the many Alzheimer's caregiver, and it is recommended that they take advantage of the free resource.