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Provider Resources for Advancing Brain Health

The following guides, tools, and resources are available to support clinicians and providers making efforts to improve brain health among patient populations and increase screening, testing, and referral to appropriate community based services, including evidence-based self-measured blood pressure monitoring programs. The patient materials page also includes many awareness and outreach materials that providers can use and share with patients and communities.

Planning Tools

Risk Reduction of Cognitive Decline and Dementia, WHO Guidelines
Risk Reduction of Cognitive Decline and Dementia
World Health Organization

This report provides evidence-based recommendations on lifestyle behaviors and interventions to delay or prevent cognitive decline and dementia. It offers providers the knowledge base to advise patients on what they can do to help prevent cognitive decline and dementia. It is also useful for governments, policy-makers, and planning authorities developing policy and designing programs that encourage healthy lifestyles.

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Healthy Brain Initiative State and Local Public Health Partnerships to Address Dementia: The 2018-2023 Road Map
Alzheimer’s Association / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Alzheimer’s disease continuum spans decades, providing many opportunities for public health to change outcomes across communities. Published in 2018, this roadmap serves state and local public health leaders as a quick-start guide to help them mitigate the future impacts of dementia, particularly among vulnerable populations.

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Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map for Indian Country
Alzheimer’s Association / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This first-ever public health guide focused on dementia in American Indian/Alaska Native communities is designed specifically to support discussion about dementia and caregiving within tribal communities and to encourage a public health approach—as part of a larger holistic response. It also includes public health strategies to enhance wellness for older adults affected by dementia, support family care, and promote brain health across generations.

Public Health Resources
Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association aims to make Alzheimer's the next public health success story. Its website provides tools public health leaders can use to address Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and to realize better outcomes for all patients and populations.

Promoting Brain Health Among At-Risk Populations
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

This case study provides a quick look at the South Carolina health department's efforts to implement the Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map.

Clinical Tools

Alzheimer's and Dementia Patient Care
Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association has partnered with government and professional organizations to develop several guidelines and recommendations that can help providers care for patients with dementia, and contribute to professional development.

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Cognitive Assessment Toolkit
Alzheimer's Association

Developed by a group of clinical dementia experts, this toolkit provides easy-to-implement processes to quickly and efficiently detect cognitive impairment during the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit. This guide can help providers better identify patients with probable cognitive impairment while providing the flexibility to choose a tools that works best for specific care systems.

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Cognitive Impairment Detection and Earlier Diagnosis
Gerontological Society of America

This comprehensive toolkit developed by the GSA Workgroup on Cognitive Impairment Detection and Earlier Diagnosis identified valuable tools and resources to implement the four steps in the KAER model—Kickstart, Assess, Evaluate, Refer. It provides options for each of the steps so that primary care physicians, health plans, and health care systems can select the approaches and tools that fit best with their existing primary care structure, organization and procedures.

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Healthy Heart, Healthy Brain Provider Guide
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

This provider guide supports healthcare providers and administrators, informing and guiding their conversations with American Indian and Alaska Native patients about brain health—including risk factors, protective health behaviors, and key messages. Healthcare systems are encouraged to use the guide internally and to share with provider groups.

Delirium Prevention and Safety: Starting with the ABCDEFs
Critical Illness, Brain Dysfunction, and Survivorship Center

This overview orients medical professionals to the ABCDEF's of delirium management in the broader picture of intensive care unit patient care. The resource outlines management nomenclature, provides tips for implementing best practice into real world settings, and ties it back to the evidence-based research that demonstrates clinically meaningful improvements in outcomes.

Million Hearts®
Million Hearts® Tools & Protocols
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This CDC campaign aims to engage and equip partners and stakeholders nationwide to reach or exceed aggressive goals that will improve cardiovascular health and care for all Americans. Its website provides resources to help educate and motivate patients and improve heart health monitoring and care.

 

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