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New Facilities Meet Growing Alzhemier’s Care Demand

Posted: December 8, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Lili Garcia, behavorial health technician at Mercy Hospital's Senior Behavioral Health Program, talks with a patient in her room Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 on the hospital's seventh floor. The Senior Behavioral Health Program is geared to helping patients 55 and older with psychiatric problems that interferes with their lives or is making them a danger to themselves or others.
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Lili Garcia, behavorial health technician at Mercy Hospital's Senior Behavioral Health Program, talks with a patient in her room Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 on the hospital's seventh floor. The Senior Behavioral Health Program is geared to helping patients 55 and older with psychiatric problems that interferes with their lives or is making them a danger to themselves or others.

Joyce Ball made her family promise not to put her into a medical facility after learning she had Alzheimer’s in 2009. The promise is getting harder to honor as the disease progresses.

Web Watch

Alzheimer’s Association

• alz.org/alzokar

• 24/7 Helpline: 800-272-3900

• facebook.com/AlzheimersOKAR

• twitter.com/AlzheimersOKAR

• youtube.com/AlzheimersOKAR

• Early stage WikiPage: earlyonset.wikispaces.com


At A Glance

Alzheimer’s Numbers

The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that in 2012, 15.4 million caregivers provided an estimated 17.5 billion hours of unpaid care valued at more than $216 billion. Direct costs for caring for those with Alzheimer’s in 2013 will hit an estimated $203 billion.

Source: Alzheimer’s Association

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