Home Health Ohio workforce shortages for treating Alzheimer’s, Dementia patients

Ohio workforce shortages for treating Alzheimer’s, Dementia patients

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The number of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia is expected to increase by more than 13 percent here in Ohio between the years 2020-2025, according to an annual report from the Alzheimer’s Association. According to that same report, workforce shortages make that statistic even more concerning.

More than 220,000 Ohioans are living with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Finding professional caregivers and specialists to care for many of them is becoming more challenging.

The numbers are staggering.

Experts say one in three people over the age of 80 dies with some form of dementia.

Julia Pechlivanos heads up the Alzheimer’s Association of Northwest Ohio.

“By 2050 we are looking at 13 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease,” Pechlivanos said.

The Alzheimer’s Association is working to change those numbers.

There’s also an effort underway to change the numbers when it comes to workforce shortages. The organization has a nationwide initiative with health systems to address the significant gaps in specialist care for patients.

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