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Monday, September 27, 2010

Funding will support caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease

AoA awards over $10 million for community-based Alzheimer’s support projects

HHS Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee today announced more than $10 million in grants to help families address the challenges of providing care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

“Caregivers want to keep their family members at home for as long as possible, and we are helping them do that by expanding the use of proven models and demonstrating new approaches that will help these families succeed,” said Assistant Secretary Greenlee. “These grants will embed good practices regarding dementia into state long-term services and support systems and improve support for families caring for loved ones with dementia.”

As many as 2.4 million to 5.1 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The population age 65 and older is growing rapidly and is expected to double by 2050, according to the United States Census Bureau. Since the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias rises progressively with age, an increasing number of persons and families will need access to services and supports to help them cope with these diseases

Funding for these grants is being awarded to 22 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico under the Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Services Program authorized under the Public Health Services Act and administered by the U.S. Administration on Aging. Nine states will be funded to implement evidence-based interventions that already have been shown to be effective in helping individuals and families cope with these diseases. Nineteen states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico will be funded to test new ideas for supporting people affected by these diseases. Six of these states will be awarded multiple grants.

Examples of some of the projects funded include enabling persons in the earliest stages of their disease to plan for their long term care needs; teaching families techniques to prevent or reduce stress often associated with care giving for loved ones with dementias; providing services for caregivers of veterans with dementia in partnership with Veteran’s Health Administration Hospitals, and training medical professionals about dementia including ways to link patients and their families to community resources.

These grants will be implemented at the state and local level in collaboration with AoA’s national network of community-based aging organizations. This network provides a wide range of home and community-based services and helps people of all ages to remain living in their own homes and communities. The network includes 56 state agencies on aging, 629 area agencies on aging, 244 Tribal organizations, nearly 20,000 community-based service organizations and thousands of volunteers.

The attached chart includes a listing of the total awards being issued under this announcement to nineteen states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. For additional details on these awards and the Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Services Program, go to:

State Federal Award
California $320,713
Colorado $306,424
Connecticut $300,000
District of Columbia $256,146
Florida $753,539
Georgia $1,218,323
Idaho $163,393
Kentucky $228,980
Maine $421,794
Massachusetts $450,000
Michigan $262,468
Missouri $275,198
New Mexico $290,697
North Carolina $826,638
Ohio $796,250
Puerto Rico $202,359
South Carolina $300,000
Tennessee $300,000
Texas $291,153
Utah $525,135
Vermont $300,000
Virginia $276,058
Washington $300,000
Wisconsin $926,730