Designed for use in schools and programs of public health and related disciplines, A Public Health Approach to Alzheimer's and Other Dementias is an introductory curriculum on cognitive health, cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease, to increase awareness of the impact of Alzheimer's and other dementias as well as the role of public health in addressing this crisis.

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Developed by the Emory Centers for Training and Technical Assistance at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health, this flexible, ready-to-use curriculum will help faculty prepare students of public health and related disciplines for careers in which they need to apply public health approaches to address Alzheimer's as a multi-layered, growing public health challenge.

The modular design of the curriculum enables use in its entirety or as stand-alone modules. Each module has a slide set and faculty guide with learning objectives, list of relevant competencies and talking points. It also includes teaching aids such as case studies, video resources and additional learning activities.

Module 1: Alzheimer's Disease — A Public Health Crisis

Online Module 1

Module 1 presents Alzheimer’s and other dementias as a large and rapidly growing burden that has a significant impact at a national, state and local level.
(1 video, 27 minutes)

Module 1 frames Alzheimer's disease and dementia as a public health epidemic with a large and rapidly growing burden that has a significant impact on the nation. The impact of Alzheimer's is felt at a national, state and local level — as well as on a family and personal level — through financial burdens, resource needs and professional requirements.

Module 2: Alzheimer's and Other Dementias — The Basics

Online Module 2

Module 2 explains cognitive health and how changes within the brain may lead to cognitive aging, cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer's and other dementias.
(Set of 5 videos, average 7 minutes each)

Module 2 provides background information on Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. It lays a foundation for what cognitive health is and how changes in the brain may lead to cognitive aging, cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer's and other dementias.
 

Module 3: Alzheimer's Disease — What is the Role of Public Health?

Online Module 3

Module 3 describes Alzheimer's in the United States and the role public health plays through surveillance and monitoring, risk reduction and primary prevention, early detection and diagnosis, and safety and quality of care.
(Set of 5 videos, average 8 minutes each)

Module 3 briefly describes the Alzheimer's epidemic in the United States, followed by a discussion of four public health intervention tools that can help to significantly mitigate the Alzheimer's crisis. The four tools discussed are surveillance/monitoring, primary prevention, early detection and diagnosis, and ensuring safety and quality of care.
 

Module 4: Dementia-Capable Systems and Dementia-Friendly Communities

Online Module 4

Module 4 addresses the public health response to the Alzheimer's disease epidemic at the state and community level.
(Set of 5 videos, average 6 minutes each)

Module 4 describes the concepts of "dementia-capable" systems and dementia-friendly communities. Both involve systems and infrastructure that can accommodate the unique needs of people with cognitive impairments. The module describes how to plan such communities though evidence-based programs, partnerships, support services, workforce training and other measures.
 

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