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VA partners with Alzheimer's Association


    Nearly 200 Veterans and their caregivers completed a recent study of the Partners in Dementia Care program. (Photo: iStock)
Nearly 200 Veterans and their caregivers completed a recent study of the Partners in Dementia Care program. (Photo: iStock)

Nearly 200 Veterans and their caregivers completed a recent study of the Partners in Dementia Care program. (Photo: iStock)

VA cares for more than 300,000 Veterans with dementia, and a recent study points to a promising new model to enhance the care and services they receive. Five VA sites partnered with nearby Alzheimer's Association chapters to deliver a program called Partners in Dementia Care to Veterans and their caregivers. The program integrates health care and community services. Benefits were seen in areas such as relationship strain, depression, and unmet need, especially for Veterans with greater impairments. Further study is underway to learn how the program can be put into action most effectively; researchers are looking at practical issues such as cost, financing, reimbursement, marketing, and integration of the program with existing services. (Alzheimer's Research and Therapy, Feb. 28, 2014)


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