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Since its inception, the Alzheimer's Association has been a leader in outlining principles and practices of quality care for individuals living with dementia. Early on, our Guidelines for Dignity described goals for quality care, followed by Key Elements of Dementia Care and the Dementia Care Practice Recommendations, as more evidence became available. In this new iteration, the Alzheimer's Association 2018 Dementia Care Practice Recommendations outline recommendations for quality care practices based on a comprehensive review of current evidence, best practice and expert opinion.

The 2018 Dementia Care Practice Recommendations were developed to better define quality care across all care settings and throughout the disease course. They are intended for professional care providers who work with individuals living with dementia and their families in residential and community based care settings. The Practice Recommendations are published as a February 2018 supplement to The Gerontologist.


  • Person-centered care
  • Detection and diagnosis
  • Assessment and care planning
  • Medical management
  • Information, education and support
  • Ongoing care for behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia, and support for activities of daily living
  • Staffing
  • Supportive and therapeutic environments
  • Transitions and coordination of services

  • Alzheimer's Association 2018 Dementia Care Practice Recommendations

    Below are the 10 articles that cover the Alzheimer’s Association 2018 Dementia Care Practice Recommendations. These articles are published in the Supplemental Issue of The Gerontologist. Each article provides more detail about the specific recommendations, as well as the evidence and expert opinion supporting them. For an overview of all 56 recommendations in the articles: Alzheimer's Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations.


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    For reference: Past Recommendations

    2005-2009 Dementia Care Practice Recommendations

    2018 Recommendations

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