WASHINGTON DC – U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey yesterday, January 26, sent a letter to the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services encouraging it to examine ways to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of care provided to individuals with Alzheimer’s and other related dementias in acute care settings like hospitals.
In a story titled, “Dementia patients often need hospitals, which are often ill-prepared” (January 2, 2018), The Boston Globe reported on the challenges faced by individuals with Alzheimer’s and their families in hospitals.
The acute care system is not often an ideal place for individuals with Alzheimer’s, as the loud noises and fast-paced environment may disorient and place additional stress on Alzheimer’s patients, which may even worsen their condition.
“With more than five million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease – a number that is expected to triple in the coming decades – it is imperative that these individuals and their families receive proper treatment throughout the continuum of care,” wrote Sen Markey in his letter. “Given the challenges that persons with dementia and their families face in acute care settings, I encourage the Advisory Council to convene an Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Acute Care Expert Panel.”
A copy of Senator Markey’s letter can he found HERE. Markey is a Democrat who represents Massachusetts.