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Alzheimer's and Dementia Resources for Professionals

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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

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

Managing Older Patients with Cognitive Impairment
Use this quick guide to develop care strategies, discuss clinical trials, and make medical and family support plans for older adults with cognitive impairment.

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. Available in English and Spanish.

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

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.

Diagnosing Lewy Body Dementia
Review symptoms and guidelines for distinguishing LBD from other dementias.

Diagnosing Frontotemporal Disorders
Get information about diagnosing frontotemporal dementia and related disorders.

Professional Training and Curricula

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.

Patient Care

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

The Dilemma of Delirium in Older Patients
Understand the mechanisms involved in delirium and and improved ways to recognize and treat the condition.

Clinical Trials and Studies

Dementia Research and Clinical Trials
Get information and resources for helping patients find and understand clinical trials.

Patient and Caregiver Education

NIA Alzheimer's and related Dementias Education and Referral Center (ADEAR)
The National Institute on Aging’s ADEAR Center offers information and free print publications about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias for families, caregivers, and health professionals. ADEAR Center staff answer telephone, email, and written requests and make referrals to local and national resources.

If you are interested in learning more about Alzheimer's & Dementia, please call us at 1-800-438-4380, Mon-Fri, 8:30 am-5:00 pm Eastern Time or send an email to adear@nia.nih.gov