Action Resources:  Health Care

Provider practice tools and resources developed by ACT on Alzheimer's include protocols for cognitive impairment, mid- to late-stage dementia, and care coordination; decision support for dementia care; and tips and action steps to share with a person diagnosed with Alzheimer's. ACT-developed video tutorials on screening, assessment, diagnosis, and care coordination represent best and emerging dementia care practices. Dementia education and trainings round out the ACT resources available to health care and other professionals.

 

ACT’s Dementia Friendly Health Care tips and best practices handout describes the value of early detection and diagnosis and details dementia care implementation using a coordinated, person-centered approach.  View handout
 

 

 

ACT’s Dementia Friendly Hospital tips and best practices handout covers interacting with people with dementia, providing person-centered and continuity of care and adapting physical spaces within the hospital setting.  View handout.

 

Assessing Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults:  A Quick Guide for Primary Care Physicians

Becoming a Dementia Friendly Practice 6 step summary, Powerpoint, Patient letter from Wessex Academic Health Science Network and Dr. Nicola Decker.

Person-Centered Care for People with Dementia (powerpoint), (webinar recording)

Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center Information for providers from National Institute on Aging, including:  diagnostic guidelines, training materials, clinical trains, and research news. 

Medicare Annual Wellness Exam Describes the Medicare Annual Wellness Exam and how it is an opportunity for the detection of any cognitive impairment.

Dementia Care: The Quality Chasm A white paper for family members, caregiver and professionals that describes a redesign of how we provide dementia care and how to shift to true person-centeredness.

Dementia Friendly Hospital Initiative (DFHI):  Care Not Crisis Education program that fosters best care approaches and practice changes that result in "dementia friendly care" in hospital settings. DFHI addresses acute care staff's dementia specific awareness, as well as the knowledge, attitudes and behaviors that most affect adverse outcomes and enhance quality of care.

Physician's Guide to Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers

Dementia-Friendly Environment Resources

Enhancing the Healing Environment Dementia Care Tool for Health Centres  You will need to create a sign in account to access this document.

Is Your Health Care Center Dementia Friendly?

Information & Education for Patients & Their Families

Making available information and education about Alzheimer’s and related dementia for patients and their families is a key element in being a dementia capable community.

People diagnosed with dementia—and their caregivers—need education about the disease and care needs. They also need information about services and resources available in the community.

After a Diagnosis (ACT on Alzheimer's) Action steps and tips to share with individuals and their family when a diagnosis of Alzheimer's or dementia is made; includes resource information.

This Is Me Tool A tool for people with dementia to complete that lets health and social care professionals know about their needs, interests, preferences, likes and dislikes.

Taking Action Workbook: A Personal and Practical Guide for Persons with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and Early Alzheimer’s DiseaseThis workbook is designed to be used by individuals living with MCI and early Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder. It is a guide to help them learn about the changes they are facing and steps they can take to help themselves.

Living Well Workbook. A Guide for Persons with Mild Cognitive Impairments (MCI) & Early Dementia This workbook can be used alone or together with a partner. Each chapter includes information about a wellness strategy, its benefits, perspectives of people living with MCI and early dementia, ideas that you can try, and a place for you to build your own living well plan.

What Happens Next? A booklet about being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder  Early-stage individuals share their firsthand views about diagnosis, what to expect, how to talk with others about the disease, ways to cope in order to help others who also are facing the beginning stages of dementia, and available resources.

Advance Care Planning Resources

Start your search for resources by checking out what's available in your local community.

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