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In Arizona, a 33.3% increase in the number of people over 65 who have Alzheimer’s Disease is expected between now and 2025. People with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) experience significant impacts to their language and cognition which profoundly affect their daily lives. Vulnerable groups struggle more due to a lack of access to medical care, resources and education. Additionally, there’s often a disconnect between evidence-based caregiving programs and current policies at play. All of these issues have been exacerbated by COVID-19, which decreased social support and reduced access to quality caregiving.
We will discuss these issues, along with how clinicians and health care providers can collaborate to help those dealing with ADRD.