Roughly 11 million Americans serve as a primary caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia.

The Pat Summitt Foundation awarded $1.3 million in 2023 to UT Extension Family and Consumer Sciences to develop Pat’s Gameplan. The program’s main objective is to provide knowledge and help support caregivers through this most important journey. Often, they don’t feel equipped for their new role, and aren’t sure where to turn for support or information. Caregivers tend to report higher levels of stress, anxiety, and depression compared to caregivers of elders without Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

Throughout the website, caregivers can find information about caring for patients with dementia, and caring for themselves. The objective is to be a “one-stop shop” for caregivers, a place where they can find the practical information they need on Alzheimer’s and dementia care, legal and financial planning, patient safety and nutrition, and most importantly, coping with emotions and self-care.

Pat’s Gameplan will consistently grow with more in-depth topics based on caregiver needs, adding statewide and national conferences, and facilitating dynamic dialogue between experts and caregivers.

“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 strategic initiatives and advancement for the Pat Summitt Foundation