It is clear that caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia is a growing public health issue. Alzheimer’s is a progressively deteriorating disease that can last anywhere from 1 to 15 years. Families are the primary caregivers and will continue to need support to manage the care of their loved ones, to coordinate services within the long term care system and to maintain their own health and well-being.
Bratesman, Stuart; Fralich, Julie; McGuire, Catherine; and Olsen, Louise, "Caring for People with Alzheimer's Disease or Dementia in Maine" (2007). Disability and Aging. 11.