Hawaii creates plan to address Alzheimer's disease

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii has created a plan to address Alzheimer's disease and dementia which includes a goal to prevent both by 2025.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://bit.ly/1ocDQI9 ) reports the plan was released Monday.

The plan helped the state Executive Office on Aging get a $50,000 grant. They'll use that to teach people how to identify stress factors among caregivers.

Wes Lum of the Office on Aging says they have a road map that they didn't have before.

He says Hawaii has some great champions in dementia care and he wants to replicate and expand on what works.

Lum says they're addressing issues like how to talk about sensitive topics like powers of attorney and advanced health care directives.

Hawaii has an estimated 25,000 people over age 65 who have been diagnosed with dementia.

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

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