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Resources by Topic: Dementia

Healthy Brain Initiative: Road Map for Indian Country
Report discusses Alzheimer's disease and dementia among American Indian and Alaska Native populations. Includes an overview of the disease and details the trends among Native Americans. Provides strategies and resources for tribal communities to provide early diagnosis, treatment, and care for elders with dementia.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Alzheimer's Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Secular Trends in Dementia and Cognitive Impairment of U.S. Rural and Urban Older Adults
Examines rural and urban differences in the rates of probable dementia and cognitive impairment without dementia (CIND) for adults in 2000 and 2010. Compares statistics and data by rurality for the study population by cognitive function, age group, race/ethnicity, marital statue, education, and other health status measures.
Author(s): Margaret M. Weden, Regina A. Shih, Mohammed U. Kabeto, Kenneth M. Langa
Citation: American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 54(2), 164-172
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
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Patient Characteristics Associated with Screening Positive for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia
Examines factors in rural, suburban, and urban primary care practices to improve screening for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias in Indiana. Includes statistics on demographics and clinical factors by rurality.
Author(s): Nicole R. Fowler, Anthony J. Perkins,
Citation: Clinical Interventions in Aging, 13, 1779-1785
Date: 2018
Type: Document
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United States Indigenous Populations and Dementia: Is There a Case for Culture-based Psychosocial Interventions?
Presents a study on culturally-specific dementia care interventions for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian elders.
Author(s): Colette V Browne, Lana Sue Ka'opua, Lori L Jervis, et al.
Citation: The Gerontologist, 57(6), 1011–1019
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
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LTSS Research: Dementia Assessment Tools in Indian Country
Details a bibliography of resources for assessing the cognition of American Indian and Alaska Native elders with dementia. Discusses some of the cultural considerations when evaluating AI/NA elders' cognitive abilities.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Rural Promising Practice Issue Brief: Interdisciplinary Clinical Video - Telehealth for Geriatrics and Dementia
Highlights the development, implementation, and evaluation of an interdisciplinary telehealth program designed to help caregivers provide coordinated care for aging rural veterans suffering from dementia. Discusses the interdisciplinary team model comprised of social workers, geriatricians, primary care providers, and rural caregivers coordinating to maintain a uniform level of care. Includes outcomes regarding the increase of access to education and caregiver support, as well as the ability of providers to prescribe medication to rural patients.
Additional links: Overview
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Veterans Health Administration's Office of Rural Health
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Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease — United States, 1999–2014
Provides data on age-adjusted rates of Alzheimer's mortality. Compares rates in 1999 and 2014 by urban-rural classification as well as by age, gender, race/ethnicity, and state. Also includes a map showing county-level average annual age-adjusted death rates from Alzheimer's disease for 2005-2014.
Author(s): Christopher A. Taylor, Sujay F. Greenlund, Lisa C. McGuire, Hua Lu, Janet B. Croft
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 66(20), 521-526
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Medical Barriers to Nursing Home Care for Rural Residents
Explores challenges faced by rural people seeking placement in nursing homes, especially those with behavioral or psychiatric conditions, complex care needs, dementia, or obesity, and identifies possible solutions through policy changes. Uses data from telephone interviews with 23 discharge planners from rural hospitals in Georgia, Idaho, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
Author(s): Carrie Henning-Smith, Michelle Casey, Shailendra Prasad, Katy Kozhimannil
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Dementia Mortality in the United States, 2000–2017
Reports trends in dementia deaths by cause of death for Alzheimer disease, unspecified dementia, vascular dementia, and other degenerative diseases of the nervous system. Table 5 provides 2017 overall dementia death data for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas.
Citation: National Vital Statistics Reports, 68(2)
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Tribal Nursing Homes: Best Practices for Patients with Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease
Details a report on tribal nursing homes' best practices for treatment of Dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Discusses cultural considerations and risk factors in caring for Native American elders. Includes related organizations, resources, and webinars.
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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