Created: Tue, 01 Jul 2014 11:00:00 CST
Updated: Tue, 01 Jul 2014 12:05:11 CST
A new 10 million dollar grant from the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation could provide relief for the caregivers helping Nebraska's aging population.
The multimillion dollar grant will help the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of California San Francisco to create a new web-based model of dementia care.
In a state that relies on technology like telemedicine, the new model will provide around the clock consultations for patients and their families, online education, and for some patients, remote monitoring with smartphones and home sensors.
One associate professor of geriatrics at UNMC says the project has the potential to give patients with Alzheimer's disease, their families, and their caregivers advice and expertise no matter where they live or what their income is.
Beginning this fall, 2,100 patients with varying stages of dementia will be enrolled through UNMC and other organizations across the state and country.
According to the Alzheimer's Association, last year 15.5 million Americans were caring for friends and family members with dementia.