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Are you a medical provider or from a medical provider’s office?

More than 80 % of all medical care for dementia occurs in the primary care setting

89% of Americans want transparency regarding diagnosis

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Early identification is key for research and clinical outcomes

Subjective memory complaints may or may not be the harbinger of further decline

Reasons to Refer

 

Patient & Caregiver Support/Education

a) Referral to an Alzheimer’s Association support group

b) Referral to a behavioral health provider with expertise in dementia

c) Increased socialization

e) Assistance with socialization and activities i.e. yoga, tai chi, group activities, local senior center activities, etc.

f) Referral to progams for people living with dementia: early stage engagement

 

Medication Adherence

a) Advice on methods (electronic delivery, phone based applications and pill minders) to assist with medication schedule

b) Oversight needed for medication management

Home Safety & Self-care

a)Patient/family Care Consultation 

b) In-home care assistance

c) Supervised living options 

d) Home safety evaluation

e) Ex. MedicAlert/SafeReturn, (GPS watch, bed alarm, video cameras for home safety)

f) Assistance with supportive services to ensure safety (VNA, Patient Care Attendants, Helpline, etc.)

Transportation & Driving Issues

a) Information on local driving assessment programs: RMV driving evaluation, hospital based clinic evaluation

c) Discontinuing driving privileges/RMV report process

d) Assistance with low cost, accessible transportation options i.e. cab vouchers,  The Ride, door to door services, and volunteer organizations

Financial / legal
a) Access to elder law services for future planning
Access to Clinical Trials
a) TrialMatch info
Mood & Behavioral issues

a) Mood assessment by a behavioral health provider

b) Assistance with identifying activities to increase socialization and interest

Incorporating Clinical Trials into Plans of Care

Incorporating Clinical Trials into Plans of Care

Clinical trials can be another useful tool for physicians to use when creating a plan of care for their patients. They provide new, alternative forms of treatment, and allow patients to take a more active role in determining their own care. There are different types of trials studying a diverse array of therapies, which can aid physicians in creating a more personalized care plan for each individual patient.

Why might your patients be interested in participating in clinical trials?

  • Provides hope for people with living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, their families and future generations
  • Enables people with a dementia diagnosis to play a more active role in their own health care
  • Gives access to potential treatments before they are widely available
  • Offers expert medical care at leading health care facilities – often free of cost – while participating in important medical research
  • Healthy patients can participate in clinical trials, and there may be prevention studies for people at higher risk

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