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Mr. Garcia Uses Shared Decision Making Aids for Alzheimer's Care

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Mr. Garcia

These stories are fictional, but are based on real Veterans' experiences.

Mr. Garcia is a 73 year old Vietnam Veteran who served in the Marines. He lives at home with his wife and was recently diagnosed with mild Alzheimer’s disease.

  • A Homemaker/Home Health Aide comes to his house twice a week to help with chores and check his blood pressure and glucose level.
  • He has felt disoriented in his neighborhood and has forgotten the way home a few times.

Mr. Garcia’s support system:

  • His wife worries about his safety at home alone.
  • His wife feels like she can no longer leave him alone.
  • They have 4 grown children, but they are each busy with job and family obligations and the closest one lives over 600 miles away.

While at an appointment at the VA medical center, his wife saw a poster for the online Guide to Long Term Care. They asked the doctor about it and he gave them a “prescription” for looking at the Guide and completing the Shared Decision Making Worksheet SDM icon and the Caregiver Self-Assessment CSA icon. The doctor also suggested that they talk with a social worker.