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Resources by Topic: Dementia

Subjective Cognitive Decline among Rural Adults
Infographic that presents findings from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) describing subjective cognitive decline (SCD) in rural adults aged 45 years old or older. Identifies the prevalence of SCD and the impact of SCD on day-to-day and social activities.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Alzheimer's Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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The Most Costly Chronic Medical Condition in America: Experts Talk About the Rural Aspects of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias
Describes the impact of Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias in rural areas, the challenges of providing treatment and care, and initiatives underway to address dementia in rural communities.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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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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Evaluating a Training Program for Rural Doctors and Nursing Home Staff on Safe Medicine Use for Patients with Dementia and Nursing Home Residents
Investigates whether a training program for healthcare providers in 29 rural counties in Iowa affected medication use by patients age 66 or older. Includes data and statistics on outpatients with dementia and nursing home residents, with information on age, sex, chronic disease, medication use, and more.
Author(s): Ryan Carnahan, Grant Brown, Marianne Smith, et al.
Date: 2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
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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 status, 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 Fowler, Anthony Perkins, Sujuan Gao, et al.
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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