Alzheimer's disease

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Trained Consultants Support Caregivers of Patients With Dementia, Leading to Greater Empowerment, Less Use of Medical Services and Long-Term Care, and Cost Savings 12/08/14

Trained consultants throughout North Dakota provide emotional support, education, and referrals to support services for those who care for people with dementia, leading to a greater sense of empowerment among caregivers, significantly less need for medical services and long-term care placements among dementia patients, and substantial cost savings.

Clinic Uses Team-Based Collaborative Care To Diagnose and Treat Dementia Patients and Support Their Caregivers, Leading to Better Outcomes and Lower Costs 11/04/14

A clinic uses a team-based collaborative care model that involves a team asessment, an individualized care plan, followup monitoring, and collaboration with primary care providers to treat patients with dementia and support their caregivers, leading to reductions in emergency department visits, inpatient use, readmissions, and medication problems, and to significant cost savings.

Partnership Supports Patients With Dementia and Their Caregivers Through Care Coordinator Team, Leading to Improved Psychosocial Outcomes 11/11/11

Through a partnership between the Veterans Administration and the Alzheimer's Association, a two-person care coordinator team provided support to patients with dementia and their caregivers over a 12-month period. The program led to improved psychosocial outcomes for veterans and caregivers, fewer readmissions and institutional placements, enhanced access to outpatient services, and higher overall health care costs.

Person-Centered Care for Residents with Dementia Exhibiting Aggressive Behavior Reduces Psychiatric Hospitalizations and Behavior-Related Medications 11/15/10

A dementia care facility takes a person-centered approach to caring for residents who exhibit challenging, aggressive behavior, leading to less need for psychiatric hospitalizations and behavior-related medications.

Overnight "Day Care" Offers Safe and Stimulating Environment to Those With Severe Dementia, Respite to Overburdened Caregivers 09/23/09

An overnight “daycare” program offers a safe, stimulating environment to those with severe dementia who face challenges at night, providing respite to overburdened caregivers and delaying the need for nursing home placement.

Weekly Group Storytelling Enhances Verbal Skills, Encourages Positive Behavior Change, and Reduces Confusion in Patients With Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia 06/09/08

The Timeslips program uses group storytelling to enhance the lives of people with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia.

Peer Leaders Facilitate Social Engagement Among Dementia Patients in Long-Term Care Facilities 12/20/07

Resident-Assisted Montessori Programming (RAMP) is a peer leadership program in which patients in the early stages of dementia are trained to lead group activities with their peers who have more advanced dementia. Using principles of the Montessori learning method, RAMP teaches early-stage patients to use their strengths, such as procedural memory, to engage patients in meaningful social roles.

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