As May is Older Americans Month, it is important to recognize how Dementia affects this susceptible population. After the age of 85, 32% of all older adults will have Alzheimer’s Dementia for which there is no cure (Alzheimer’s Association, 2018). It is important to recognize that caregivers and loved ones are also affected by this irreversible disease. The VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) in collaboration with Stanford University is leading the health system in evaluation, treatment and caring for those with dementia. Many VA services and centers including the Palo Alto Geriatric Research Education Clinical Center, Stanford/VA Alzheimer’s Center, Sierra Pacific Mental Illness Research and Education Center strive to improve care for those with dementia.
VAPAHCS will be will be hosting the annual Dementia Resource Fair on May 31 at the Palo Alto Division in the Ed Stallings Auditorium in building 100 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. At this fair there will be information on VA Caregiver support services, respite services, and home and driver safety. This free educational event will also have representatives from the Alzheimer’s Association, Fraud Prevention, Social Security Administration and many more. This is an opportunity for individuals with dementia, their caregivers and VA staff to learn about the latest research and the many services to support Veterans as we continue the fight against dementia.
More information about VA Caregiver services can be found here.