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
- Professional Training and Curricula
- Patient Care
- Clinical Trials and Studies
- Patient and Caregiver Education
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.
Cognitive Impairment Care Planning Toolkit
This toolkit from the Alzheimer’s Association provides recommendations and tools for using the G0505 Medicare code for cognitive and functional assessment and care planning for patients with cognitive impairment.
KAER Toolkit: 4-Step Process to Detecting Cognitive Impairment and Earlier Diagnosis of Dementia
This toolkit is focused on the KAER model developed by the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Workgroup on Cognitive Impairment Detection and Earlier Diagnosis and offers tools and resources to implement the four steps in the KAER model.
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
Training Curriculum: Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias
16 core modules and 11 supplemental modules developed by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Health Workforce to train the primary care workforce about dementia care, help providers address caregiver needs, and help caregivers cope with the challenges of caregiving.
ACT on Alzheimer’s Dementia Curriculum
This curriculum for clinicians and professionals in many disciplines covers assessment, screening, diagnosis, treatment, caregiver support, and science.
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.
Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias Mini-Course
This mini-course includes 4 video presentations and companion slides from the University of Washington Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. The mini-course covers healthy and unhealthy brain aging, clinical essentials of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, vascular brain injury, and a research framework for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
Training for professionals is also available through voluntary and professional organizations.
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 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.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Outreach, Recruitment, and Engagement (ADORE) Resources
ADORE is a searchable collection of materials designed to support recruitment and retention into clinical trials and studies for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. It includes examples of Clinical Partnerships with Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centers and other materials.
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.
Video: How Alzheimer’s Changes the Brain
This 4-minute video shows how Alzheimer’s affects the human brain and looks at promising ideas to treat and prevent the disease.