The Pat Summitt Foundation in collaboration with University of Tennessee Extension Family and Consumer Sciences began developing Pat’s Game Plan, a Guide for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers, in early 2023. The nationwide program will provide education and support for those providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
“We want to not only equip our caregivers to be the best caregiver they can be, but we also want to help take care of them along the way. We want to ease their minds and reduce their stress as we support them, and we are very excited to be working with our friends at the University of Tennessee Extension Family and Consumer Sciences to do so.” – Morgan Vance, Director of Advancement at the Pat Summitt Foundation
There are roughly 11 million Americans serving as a primary caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. These caregivers often report higher levels of stress, anxiety, and depression compared to caregivers of elders without Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Oftentimes, they don’t feel equipped for their new role, and they aren’t sure where to turn for support or information.
"The University of Tennessee Extension is excited that our Family & Consumer Sciences department is collaborating with the Pat Summitt Foundation to develop meaningful resources to support caregivers for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia patients. So many families are impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. There’s a critical need to provide care for the caregiver. I’m excited that the University of Tennessee Extension is collaborating to provide real-life solutions.” – Ashley Stokes, Dean of the University of Tennessee Extension
Pat’s Game Plan aims to provide resources, answer questions, and serve as a guide for their journey. Several phases will launch over the next five years with content ranging from legal and long-term financial planning to nutrition and mental health, all centered around the unique needs of the caregiver. Pat’s Game Plan is set to launch early 2024. Learn More.
The Pat Summitt Foundation is a Fund of East Tennessee Foundation 520 W. Summit Hill Drive, Suite 1101, Knoxville, TN 37902
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