Splaine Consulting Updates: August 2017

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“Remember Me” is 2017 #WorldAlzMonth Theme
September is World Alzheimer’s Month, a chance for citizens of the world to raise awareness of dementia. Alzheimer’s Disease International will be focusing on the importance of diagnosis, while “framing the call for action in response” to WHO’s Global Plan on Dementia, which passed this May. Download free campaign materials (available in English and Spanish).

GET SOCIAL: Visit our Facebook page and tell us your #WorldAlzMonth plans.

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Meet the Splaine Consulting Team at NADSA Booth 17
If you’re heading to the National Adult Day Services Association Conference from September 26-27, come visit us at Booth 17! Get conference details here.

 


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Alzheimer’s News Around the World: The latest in Alzheimer’s policy 

New Model Estimates Dementia Care Costs
We know dementia care is expensive, but this new research tool can estimate the cost for a lifetime. And the average cost, stretched out over five years? $321,780. Medicare records and Alzheimer’s data was compiled to create this model, which factors in the value of informal care. Who’s paying the bills? Research showed families are covering 70 percent of the financial burden, with Medicaid and Medicare picking up the rest.

Engage Your Brain: GCBH Launches New Report
The Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) just launched Engage Your Brain: GCBH Recommendations on Cognitively Stimulating Activities, which provides exercise recommendations for adults ages 50 and older that challenge a person’s ability to think. The GCBH came to the consensus that stimulating your brain through various intellectual activities (e.g. practicing yoga, taking a class, volunteering, etc.) provides benefits for adults’ brain health and can impact how well your brain functions. Find the full report, infographics, and more resources at their site.

WHO Social Media Tookit: #BeatNCDs Campaign
Help spread the word about the WHO Global Conference on Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) with a free Social Media Tool Kit, available in Spanish or English. For more news about the Conference, happening in Uruguay from October 18-20, follow this hashtag: #BeatNCDs.

Lance Robertson is New Assistant Secretary on Aging and ACL Administrator
On August 3, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee confirmed nominee Lance Robertson as the new Assistant Secretary on Aging and the Administrator of the Administration for Community Living (ACL). During his nomination hearing, Robertson laid out on his four-pronged strategy that he plans to implement during his tenure as the Assistant Secretary:

  1. Improve access to information about LTC services and supports that are available both with publicly-funded and private-sector resources;
  2. Promote vouchers, seek evidence-based solutions, and build support systems for working caregivers;
  3. Strengthen elder justice; and
  4. Increase the network’s business acumen, specifically in non-profit aging and disability community-based organizations.

Read Administrator Robertson’s opening statement to the HELP Committee here.

Upcoming Events: World Alzheimer Day Webinar
Splaine Consulting Presents…Want to know what’s happening in dementia policy around the world? Tune in to our American Society on Aging webinar on #WorldAlzheimerDay to find out.