June 12, 2006 08:00 ET

Alzheimer's Association Launches New Web Tool to Help Individuals and Families Find Best Care Options

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'CareFinder' program is a one-of-a-kind tool that allows individuals and families to find care options that are personalized to the individual abilities, needs and preferences of those stricken.

Millions of individuals affected by Alzheimer's disease are faced with the challenge of finding good care for themselves or their loved ones. To support them, the Alzheimer's Association has developed a unique Web tool that helps find the right care options, from home and community-based care, to assisted living and nursing home care.

The Alzheimer's Association CareFinder, at, has a special feature that allows individuals and families to input personal information, special needs, abilities and preferences, and receive a customized summary report with care recommendations and specific questions to ask potential care providers based on the profile.


--  Planning Ahead - A diagnosis of Alzheimer's in the early stages of the
    disease does not mean that a person cannot make decisions so it is
    important that the individual participate in the decision-making process as
    much as possible about their future care, legal and financial planning.
--  Care Options - Individuals with dementia have unique care needs and
    there are many types of care available.  The CareFinder defines and
    outlines the types of care available, and informs families so they can
    determine what care is needed for their loved ones.
--  Coordinating Care - Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease
    can involve several types of care providers from physicians to in-home
    assistance to long-term care facilities, such as assisted living and
    nursing homes.  The CareFinder offers advice on how families can remain
    engaged in the care of their loved ones, communicate with doctors and
    others, and address problems such as transferring a loved one to another
    long-term care facility.
--  Support and Resources - There are various support programs available
    to help both people with Alzheimer's and their loved ones deal with the
    impact of the disease.  The Alzheimer's Association Helpline at
    1.800.272.3900 is available 24/7 to help anyone impacted by Alzheimer's
    disease.  The CareFinder also includes Web links to other resources such as
    the Eldercare Locator and National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA).

Today, Alzheimer's disease affects 4.5 million people in the United States and as baby boomers age that number could increase to as many as 16 million people by 2050. Seven out of 10 people with Alzheimer's disease live at home, cared for by family and friends. Each day, 150,000 older Americans attend adult day care facilities; 50 percent of them have some form of cognitive impairment. More than half of assisted living and nursing home residents in the U.S. have some form of dementia.

Contact Information

  • For more information, hard copy, contact:
    David Sands