Idaho Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias 2019 Needs Assessment
College of Health Sciences
Department of Community & Environmental Health
Dr. Sarah E. Toevs and Lynn Fyanes
The 2012 Idaho Legislature recognized the importance of developing a statewide plan for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD) with its support of Concurrent Resolution 112. This legislation acknowledged the seriousness of the impact of ADRD and endorsed the efforts of the Idaho Alzheimer’s Planning Group (IAPG) to develop a state plan. The following report describes the findings of assessment activities conducted to inform IAPG and others of the needs of patients and their caregivers and families. The purpose of current research is to update the initial state plan using data collected from a 2019 needs assessment.
Participants included individuals with ADRD, their family members, community-based health care and social service professionals, and administrators of assisted living (ALF) and skilled nursing (SNF) facilities. Information was gathered through the use of digital and hard copy surveys.
One of the consistent messages received from all participants was the desire to manage their care or their loved ones care independently as long as possible. Caregivers and family members are not looking for a hand-out, but rather for support and access to resources as they navigate the often unpredictable landscape of ADRD. Challenges of providing care for individuals with ADRD noted by administrators from ALF and SNF also reflected a need for more support from PCPs and training opportunities for staff.
Stanley, Megan; Craig, Pamela; Dexter, Jessie; King, Christi; and Fyanes, Lynn, "Idaho Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias 2019 Needs Assessment" (2019). 2019 Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Conference. 187.