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Innovating the Next Generation of Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease Care Interventions: Addressing the Needs of Persons Living with Dementia, Caregivers, and Care Providers

The Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) at the National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), convened a meeting on July 31 and August 1, 2017, to obtain expert opinion on the state of research for evidence-based care interventions that target persons living with dementia and/or their caregivers, and to articulate a future research agenda. Presenters and discussants were asked to classify the various formal and informal care interventions in terms of the populations, outcomes targeted, and the settings in which they have been studied (e.g., at home, assisted living, nursing homes, physician's offices, community settings), and to present examples of specific interventions. Another meeting objective was to identify the barriers to adoption of evidence-based interventions and strategies to overcome such barriers. Invited experts presented a range of original research, including interventions in mouthcare, caregiver sleep health, dementia care mapping, emotional functioning, and mindfulness, and findings from systematic reviews to illuminate gaps, promising directions, and future needs for the next generation of Alzheimer's and dementia care interventions. They also described intervention development research models, innovative research designs, and methods for addressing scalability, diffusion, and translation. A meeting summary (PDF, 1.6 MB) is available.