ERIC Number: ED334508
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jul
Confused Minds, Burdened Families: Finding Help for People with Alzheimer's & Other Dementias.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Office of Technology Assessment.
This report analyzes the problem families and others face in locating and arranging appropriate services for people with dementia and discusses federal policy options for the development of a system to resolve the problem. Chapter 1 provides an overview of the problem and discusses the factors that determine what kind of system is needed to link people with dementia to services. Chapter 2 focuses on the informational aspects of the process by which people with dementia and their caregivers are linked to services. Chapter 3 discusses the need for outreach and case management for those who need assistance that goes beyond public education and information and referral. Chapter 4 discusses certain concepts and distinctions that are important in thinking about how to determine people's decisionmaking capacity and how to make decisions on behalf of people who are not capable of making decisions themselves. Chapter 5 focuses on the potential role a federally mandated linking system might play with respect to the quality and appropriateness of services to which it connects people with dementia. Chapters 6 through 8 describe the Veterans Affairs health care and health-related services and various state linking programs and community service systems, and analyze 11 categories of agencies that Congress could designate as a basis of a national linking system for people with dementia. (LLL)
Descriptors: Alzheimers Disease, Community Services, Delivery Systems, Family Problems, Family Role, Federal Government, Government Role, Mental Disorders, Outreach Programs, Public Policy
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402-9325 (Stock Number 052-003-01142-5, $18.00).
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Office of Technology Assessment.