Govt adopts landmark strategy to fight Alzheimer’s

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_The government will begin offering training to doctors and other health providers on the best ways to care for patients and their families.

_A government website _ http://www.alzheimers.gov _ will offer one-stop information, in plain English about the disease and the challenges for families, including the financial burden. It also will link families to local resources near them, such as where to find the nearest adult day care, Moulds said.

A $4 million advertising campaign this summer will spread word of the website. “Questions. When you’re caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, not a day goes by that you don’t have them,” the ad says. “The answers start here.”

Beyond the initial steps, the plan lays out ways that federal and state governments plus private and nonprofit organizations can collaborate to battle Alzheimer’s _ from improving early diagnosis to creating more resources to help families with long-term care of their loved ones at home.

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