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Can a new care model improve outcomes for patients with Alzheimer’s disease?

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Air date: December 2, 2012

Host: Barbara Lewis

Aging Healthcare Policy & Public Health Patient Care
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Interview: Christopher Callahan, M.D., Director of the Indiana University Center for Aging Research.

Christopher Callahan, M.D., director of the Indiana University Center for Aging Research, created a new model of Alzheimer's care at home to alleviate the burden on primary care physicians and reduce health care costs. Advanced practice nurses provided care at home for patients with dementia who face problems such as wandering, agitation and difficulty sleeping while concurrently administering medications. Patients continued to visit primary care physicians for the management of co-morbid conditions, such as diabetes. Callahan advocates widespread support for payers such as Medicare to support this kind of model.

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