Caregiver and Patient Health in Alzheimer’s Disease Policy and Systems Change

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Originally presented on February 20, 2020


The population of people identified with Alzheimer’s disease, or another dementia is rapidly growing, as is the need for caregivers to support them. The burden of caregiving can exacerbate health challenges caregivers will normally face, particularly as the disease in those they care for decline and needs increase.

In this webcast, viewers will receive information on maintaining the health of those with dementia and their caregivers and on the policies and systems that necessary to support this care, including the value of early diagnosis, activities for maintaining good health, and supports for caregivers.

In order to ensure that providers in clinical, community and religious institutions understand the needs in this burgeoning epidemic of Alzheimer's Disease, the discussion will focus on the imperative to “create policies and systems that enable caregivers to perform their duties without compromising their own health and economic well-being” (Hoffman, Aging Science & Mental Health Studies, Aug 2019).

Target Audience

Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, social workers, care coordinators, community health workers and certified public health workers.



Caregiver and Patient Health in Alzheimer’s Disease Policy and Systems Change


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David Hoffman, DPS, CCE 
Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Ethics and Health Policy, Maria College 
Clinical Professor, Department of Health Policy Management and Behavior, University at Albany School of Public Health 
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Albany Medical College Alden March Bioethics Institute 

Learning Outcome and Objectives

As a result of this activity, the learner will enhance their knowledge and competence in their approach to patients and caregivers as well as incorporating the knowledge gained, resulting in new procedures or amended protocols.

After viewing the webcast, participants will be able to: 

  • Explain the implications of caring for patients with dementia and caregivers on the health care system 
  • Describe opportunities for public health actions at local, state and national levels 
  • Identify strategies for supporting patients and caregivers to positively impact their health and well being 
  • State key policies that promote supportive communities and workplaces for people with dementia and their caregivers 
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Evaluation, Post-Test and Certificate
Continuing Education Credits

Continuing Education Credits expired for this activity on February 28, 2023. We encourage you to fill out the evaluation as your responses help us to plan future programs.