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New videos demonstrate how to assess cognition and disclose an Alzheimer's disease diagnosis in the primary care setting


The Alzheimer's Association and the American College of Physicians Foundation have produced a three-program series of videos that demonstrate assessment for possible cognitive impairment during a primary care visit and disclosure of an Alzheimer's disease diagnosis.

Provider Guide/Practice Parameter

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This tri-fold publication features a number of diagnostic tools, algorithms and checklists for physicians and clinical practitioners. Printed copies are also available upon request.


EMR Decision Support Tools


The ACT on Alzheimer's Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Decision Support Tools provide an evidence-based template to assist clinicians in implementing a standardized approach to all aspects of dementia care within the health record: 1.) Screening 2.) Diagnosis and 3.) Treatment/Management. Click here to download.

Screening Tools

Resources

The following videos on mini-cog administration, discussing the diagnosis, and peer-to-peer discussion are useful tools as well.

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Memory Information Kit

  • Getting a Diagnosis
  • Living with Alzheimer's and Related Dementias
  • Medication and Appointment Log
  • 10 Warning Signs Checklist
  • Aging, Memory Loss and Dementia - What's the Difference?
  • How can the Alzheimer's Association Help?
  • What is a Support Group?
  • What is Care Consultation?

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Counseling Families

Treating individuals with Alzheimer’s disease involves guiding and supporting their caregivers as well. Stress and depression can take their toll on those who tend to the daily needs of Alzheimer patients. Unaddressed, these problems can affect the caregivers’ performance and, in turn, the well-being of the people they care for. This subsection offers suggestions on how to help your patients’ caregivers deal with the challenges of providing care.

Direct Connect Program


The Direct Connect Program links patients to a care consultant at the Alzheimer's Association via secure fax referral. Watch a video about the program.


Sample Direct Connect Form - Connect your patients to the help they need. To enroll in our Direct Connect program, contact Alyssa Aguirre, care consultant manager:

By phone: 952.857.0535
By email: aaguirre@alz.org


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