dementia http://ripr.org en Putting The State Alzheimers Plan To Work http://ripr.org/post/putting-state-alzheimers-plan-work <p>I spoke with Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts this afternoon about her work on the state Alzheimers plan, what she calls a "living document" meant to guide&nbsp; and coordinate Rhode Island's efforts to care for those with Alzheimers and those who care for them.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 18:39:33 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 24090 at http://ripr.org Putting The State Alzheimers Plan To Work Getting a Beat on Alzheimer’s in Rhode Island http://ripr.org/post/getting-beat-alzheimer-s-rhode-island <p>Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts toured the state with an all-volunteer work group for a number of listening sessions to get a better sense of what’s available to those suffering from dementia and their caregivers.</p><p>They also wanted to hear about what more can be done to help residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 06:31:00 +0000 Catherine Welch 21362 at http://ripr.org Getting a Beat on Alzheimer’s in Rhode Island Officials Seek Input on Alzheimer's State Plan http://ripr.org/post/officials-seek-input-alzheimers-state-plan <p>State officials want to make it easier for people living with Alzheimer’s and those who care for them. Nearly 25,000 Rhode Islanders suffer from the disease, and an estimated 60,000 are their unpaid caregivers.</p><p>A work group spearheaded by Lt Gov Elizabeth Roberts and Division of Elderly Affairs chief Catherine Taylor has issued a set of recommendations in the state’s first comprehensive Alzheimer’s plan.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 19:24:32 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 16794 at http://ripr.org Without Unpaid Care, Alzheimer's Cost Would Soar Even Higher http://ripr.org/post/without-unpaid-care-alzheimers-cost-would-soar-even-higher <p><a href="http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsa1204629#t=articleResults">News </a>from the New England Journal of Medicine today finds that the cost of caring for people with dementia (including Alzheimer's) will more than double in the next couple of decades. That's because the nation's population is aging, and because the care can be expensive. Most of the estimated $215 billion dollars these diseases cost the economy can be chalked up to long term care.</p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 18:44:52 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 13064 at http://ripr.org Without Unpaid Care, Alzheimer's Cost Would Soar Even Higher