Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center

Alzheimer's and Dementia Resources for Professionals

Get Tools and Training for Your Practice

Access free clinical practice tools, training materials, and more resources for physicians, nurses, social workers, and other professionals.

Tools for Assessment, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Management

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

Get practical information and tips for assessing patients with memory loss or other signs of cognitive impairment with brief, easy-to-use tools.

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Managing Older Patients with Cognitive Impairment: A Quick Guide for Primary Care Physicians

Decision support tools for screening, diagnosis, and disease management, developed by a Minnesota group of health, government, and nonprofit organizations.

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Now What? Next Steps After a Diagnosis of Azheimer's Disease

Use this handout to refer patients to a wealth of information and resources about health care, safety, and more.

Instruments to Detect Cognitive Impairment in Older Patients

Search this database of 110+ instruments by cost, language, and other criteria. Find instruments evaluated for specific populations or diagnoses.

Alzheimer's Diagnostic Guidelines

Get detailed information about the 2011 National Institute on Aging/Alzheimer’s Association Diagnostic Guidelines for Alzheimer's Disease.

Aging Brain Care (ABC) Tools

Team-based dementia care model from Indiana University, with tools addressing care protocols; screening, diagnosis, and management; and caregiver resources.

ACT on Alzheimer's Provider Practice Tools

Decision support tools for screening, diagnosis, and disease management, developed by a Minnesota group of health, government, and nonprofit organizations.

Disease-Specific Information

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Alzheimer's Disease Fact Sheet

Learn about the most common cause of dementia, including symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment, caregiving, and research.

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Frontotemporal Disorders: Information for Patients, Families, and Caregivers

Get an overview of frontotemporal dementia, primary progressive aphasia, and related movement disorders, including symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment, and caregiving.

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Lewy Body Dementia: Information for Patients, Families, and Professionals

Learn about dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson’s disease dementia, including symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment, and caregiving.

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The Dementias: Hope Through Research

This NIH guide is an overview of research on Alzheimer's, vascular dementia, mixed dementia, CTE, frontotemporal disorders, Lewy body dementia and more.

Professional Training and Curricula

The following materials were developed with the support of the federal Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA).

ACT on Alzheimer's Dementia Curriculum

This curriculum for clinicians and professionals in many disciplines covers assessment, screening, diagnosis, treatment, caregiver support, and science.

Case Challenges in Early Alzheimer's Disease

This free Medscape CME course for primary care doctors and nurses covers evidence-based strategies to diagnose, monitor, and treat patients with Alzheimer's.

Alzheimer's Training for Health Care Providers

This 9-module CE credit course from the University of Kentucky trains healthcare providers, especially those in medically underserved areas, in dementia diagnosis and treatment, management, and related topics.

Training for professionals is also available through voluntary and professional organizations.

Clinical Trials and Studies

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Participating in Alzheimer's Research: For Yourself and Future Generations

Learn about volunteering for Alzheimer's research and why it matters. Read about benefits and risks, questions to ask, safety, and finding trials.

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Recruiting Older Adults into Research (ROAR) Toolkit

Get help recruiting older adults and caregivers to research studies with this toolkit from the NIH, CDC, and ACL. Includes presentations and flyers.

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ADEAR Center Clinical Trials Finder

Find clinical trials and studies related to Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment, and other dementias in your geographic area. Search by location, keyword, age, or category.

Alzheimer's Disease Research Centers

See a directory of NIA-funded research centers that specialize in Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Contact a center near you to learn about clinical studies for your patients or clients.

Patient Care

Acute Hospitalization and Alzheimer's Disease: A Special Kind of Care

Get tips for working with people with Alzheimer's disease during hospital stays. Learn about communication, difficult behaviors, and patient safety.

The Dilemma of Delirium in Older Patients

Read about delirium, a state of confusion and disorientation, and how it is connected to dementia.

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Talking With Your Older Patient: A Clinician's Handbook

Learn to communicate effectively with older patients. Find out how to discuss cognitive impairment, break bad news, and work with families and caregivers.

Patient and Caregiver Education

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Brain Health Resource

Use this toolkit at senior centers and other community settings to educate older adults about factors that impact brain health and how to keep their brains healthy.

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Caring for a Person with Alzheimer's Disease: Your Easy-to-Use Guide from the National Institute on Aging

Get Alzheimer’s care information and advice in this comprehensive guide. Discusses daily care, sundowning and other behaviors, and where to find help.

Inside the Brain: Unraveling the Mystery of Alzheimer’s Disease

This 4-minute captioned video shows the intricate mechanisms involved in the progression of Alzheimer's disease in the brain.

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Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease: What Do We Know?

Learn what research shows about Alzheimer's risk factors and prevention strategies, including exercise, diet, and cognitive training.

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Talking With Your Doctor: A Guide for Older People

Get tips for communicating well with doctors. Learn how to prepare for a medical appointment, discuss sensitive topics, and coordinate help from others.

NIA’s YouTube Channel

See the Alzheimer’s disease playlist to watch brief videos about Alzheimer’s research, clinical trials, and related topics.

Get More Information

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1-800-438-4380 (toll-free; English & Spanish)
Mon-Fri, 8:30 am-5:00 pm Eastern Time
or send an email to adear@nia.nih.gov

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