Va. To Revamp Alzheimer's Website

By: Brendan Ponton Email
By: Brendan Ponton Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Local caregivers are reacting to the news that Virginia is working to improve its Alzheimer's Initiative Website to provide more information to patients and their families.

The site, AlzPossible.org, looks pretty basic, but later this summer, the site will have a database with more information on care giving and about the disease itself.

Dementia and Alzheimer's are growing diseases not only in the commonwealth, but around the nation. About 130,000 people over 65 years old had Alzheimer's in 2010, according to a report about the disease from the state.

The numbers are expected to rise to 140,000 by 2020 and by 2025, 160,000 as the baby boomer generation gets older.

Roger Boles, the owner of Home Instead Senior Care in Verona, thinks the updated site will help people get more information when a family member is impacted.

"I don't think people come up to speed, if you will, of what the impact is when somebody in your family is diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's," said Boles.

It can put a lot of strain on family members. Boles said more research needs to be done to help come up with ways to slow these numbers down.

He also said the number of patients with early onset Alzheimer's disease, meaning they have it before the age of 65, is concerning. A few years ago, his company had no clients here locally with early onset, but today has three.


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