Over 140,000 Georgians live with Alzheimer’s disease, and tens of thousands more experience other forms of dementia. Like many states, Georgia answered the call set forth by the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s to craft a unique blueprint that addresses the growing challenge of dementia.
The Medicare Annual Wellness Visit could increase timely diagnosis of Alzheimer’s to allow people affected and their families to better adjust current lifestyles, engage in learning about care and support, and plan for the future. During the visit, the doctor or other health care provider (such as a nurse practitioner or physician assistant) can use the recommended tools and assess patients’ responses as well evaluate family members’ information. These tests along with vital patient history, self-reported concerns and clinician observations are the first step in determining the need for further evaluation.
- More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s
- 1 in 10 people age 65 and over have Alzheimer’s
- More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with dementia
- In 2017, dementia will cost the United States an estimated $259 billion
Source: Alzheimer’s Association
Georgia Memory Net
Georgia Memory Net is a statewide program dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Georgia Memory Net gives Georgians, and their primary care providers, the tools they need for accurate diagnosis, appropriate treatment, and long-term support. Visit their website for more information.