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Galvin J.E.,New York University | Tolea M.I.,New York University | George N.,University of Missouri-St. Louis | Wingbermuehle C.,Alzheimers Association
Clinical Interventions in Aging

Purpose: In a collaborative effort between the Missouri Department of Health, Area Agencies on Aging (AAA), Alzheimer Association, and academic researchers, we tested whether early dementia detection and comprehensive care consultations would improve health outcomes in care receivers (CRs) and their family caregivers (FCGs), therefore addressing an important public health concern. Participants and methods: A total of 244 community-dwelling older adults screened for early-stage dementia by the AAA field staff were referred to the Alzheimer Association and participated in Project Learn MORE (Missouri Outreach and Referral Expanded) (PLM) - a 2-year, nonrandomized multisite intervention consisting of comprehensive care consultations to improve coping skills. PLM participants were compared against 96 controls receiving the Alzheimer Association's "usual services" between January 2011 and December 2012. We examined CR and FCG outcomes, including burden, care confidence, and mood, as effects of PLM, on delaying transitions in level of care. Results: CRs showed improved knowledge (P=0.002) and reduced depression (P=0.007), while FCGs demonstrated improved knowledge (P=0.003) and ability to identify sources of support for the CR (P=0.032) and for themselves (P=0.043). However, FCGs were more burdened after PLM (P=0.02), due to increased awareness of Alzheimer's disease. PLM delayed transitions in care (odds ratio [OR] 3.32, 95% confidence level [CI]: 1.25-8.83) with the number needed to treat =6.82. Conclusion: PLM was successful in improving detection of incident cases of dementia in the community and in connecting patients and their families with needed services. Our findings support the use of state agencies and community service partners to detect dementia. Early implementation of psychosocial interventions could have significant impact in improving patient- and family-centered outcomes, potentially providing a cost-efficient alternative to pharmacotherapy. © 2014 Galvin et al. Source

Primetica B.,Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging | Menne H.L.,Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging | Bollin S.,Alzheimers Association | Teri L.,University of Washington
Journal of Applied Gerontology

With a growing number of evidence-based programs, it is necessary to understand the translation activities, experiences, and challenges of program replication in a community setting. This article reviews the implementation tasks necessary for agencies to implement the Reducing Disability in Alzheimer's Disease (RDAD) intervention. It presents the importance of using original evidence-based program protocols and enhancing them to best fit service settings by reviewing the translation and implementation activities of (a) selecting and training program and supervisory staff; (b) recruiting, screening, and consenting participants to enroll in the program; and (c) developing a manual to guide community-based program replication. Furthermore, the process revealed that the replication of an evidence-based program can take place within the realities of a community setting with input from program oversight, implementation, and evaluation staff and the original researcher. © The Author(s) 2013. Source

Teri L.,University of Washington | McKenzie G.,Oregon Health And Science University | Logsdon R.G.,University of Washington | McCurry S.M.,University of Washington | And 3 more authors.

The need for evidence-based non-pharmacological community programs to improve care of older adults with dementia is self-evident, considering the sheer numbers of affected individuals; the emotional, physical, and financial toll on affected individuals and their caregivers; the impact on our health care system; and the growing availability of evidence regarding the potential for psychosocial interventions to enhance care and decrease costs. To address this need, the Administration on Aging has begun funding translation of evidence-based programs into community settings. Two programs, Reducing Disability in Alzheimer's Disease and STAR-Community Consultants (STAR-C), were selected by the Ohio Department of Aging (in collaboration with the Alzheimer's Association Chapters in Ohio) and the Oregon Department of Health Services (in partnership with Area Agencies on Aging and the Oregon Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association) to be implemented by their staff. Both programs are designed to improve care, enhance life quality, and reduce behavioral problems of persons with dementia and have demonstrated efficacy via randomized controlled trials. This article addresses the developmental and ongoing challenges encountered in the translation of these programs to inform other community-basedorganizations considering the translation of evidence-based programs and to assist researchers in making their work more germane to their community colleagues. © 2012 The Author. Source

Khachaturian Z.S.,Campaign to Prevent Alzheimers Disease by 2020 PAD2020 | Khachaturian A.S.,Campaign to Prevent Alzheimers Disease by 2020 PAD2020 | Thies W.,Alzheimers Association
Alzheimer's and Dementia

This perspective updates the status of the "National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease" and the recommendations of the NAPA Advisory Council's Sub-committee on Research. Here, we identify some of the critical issues the future reiterations of the National Plan should consider during implementation phase of the plan. The Journal invites the scientific community to contribute additional ideas and suggestions towards a national research initiative. © 2012 The Alzheimer's Association. All rights reserved. Source

Alecxih D.L.,Alzheimers Association

Progress towards making HCBS a mainstream choice for older adults is challenging when an older person has moderate to severe cognitive impairment. These individuals need a modified continuum of care: one that is dementia-capable. This article discusses approaches that make a difference for people with Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias who want to live at home and in their communities-and for their family members. Copyright © 2012 American Society on Aging; all rights reserved. Source

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