Virginia is revamping its Alzheimer’s initiative website to provide more information to patients, physicians and caregivers. The improved website will be launched this summer and will include an Alzheimers database with information on everything from care giving to cognitive impairment. It will also give primary-care physicians access to lists of Alzheimer's specialists and clinics that can do memory assessments.
Dementia Services coordinator Charlotte Arbogast says Virginia hasn't had a comprehensive Alzheimer's database until now. An estimated 5.3 million Americans have alzheimers. There are an estimated 9.9 million unpaid caregivers and a new case is reported every 70 seconds, according to the American Alzheimer’s Association.