The University at Albany’s School of Public Health (SPH) will assist the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) in evaluating a support network for Alzheimer’s disease caregivers. The project is part of a first-in-the-nation investment in a multi-faceted approach including community and clinical linkages.
The project is also part of the new $67.5 million grant program announced by Governor Cuomo to support the family members who care for the nearly 380,000 New Yorkers living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
A major public health burden facing New York state, Alzheimer’s is projected to impact 700,000 individuals by 2025. Alzheimer’s disease not only affects the individual with the diagnosis, but also the family members who are likely to serve as caregivers. In addition, the disease plays a major economic role by increasing medical costs and effecting employers of caregivers. It is estimated that Alzheimer’s disease costs all health care payers in New York more than $20 billion per year.
Through the NYS Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative, over the next five years New York will strive to:
School of Public Health Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Dr. Mary Gallant will receive $700,000 from NYSDOH over the next six years to coordinate a comprehensive evaluation of this initiative.
The goals of this multi-method evaluation will be to:
Dr. Gallant, along with students and staff at SPH, will work closely with the NYSDOH and its contractors to design and implement the evaluation, analyze data, and publish and disseminate evaluation results.