Healthcare professionals information
Find NIA materials intended for health care professionals to use in their practices and to share with their patients and communities.
In 2011, clinical diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer’s disease dementia were revised, and research guidelines for earlier stages of the disease were characterized to reflect a deeper understanding of the disorder. Read more about the updated criteria.
Use these tips to effectively work and communicate with cognitively impaired patients.
Learn how to address an older patient's concerns about cognitive problems, such as changes in their memory or thinking.
Family and informal caregivers play a significant role in the lives of their loved ones. Learn how to communicate effectively with all of those involved in your older patient's care.
Learn how understanding the traditions of different cultures among older patients and providing interpretation for those with limited English can help promote good health care.
Learn how clinicians can play an important role in educating patients and families about chronic health conditions and providing community resources.
Caring for an older patient requires discussing sensitive topics. Learn about ways to approach sensitive subjects with older patients and helpful resources.
Older adults may have challenges with exercising regularly and eating well. Learn how to encourage physical activity and healthy diets for older patients.
Learn how to obtain a medical history of an older patient, including important information about current and past concerns, family history, medications, and socioeconomic situation.