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2017 Guidelines for Alzheimer's Disease Management (PDF, 66.6 KB)

This 2017 Update Reflects New Evidence, Improved Practice and Changes in Law — This is the 4th edition of the California Alzheimer's Clinical Care Guideline, first published in 1998 and revised in 2002 and 2008. The 2017 update specified in statute (SB 613, Chapter 577, 2015) addresses changes in scientific evidence, clinical practice, and state and federal law.

 Alzheimer's Disease Program Report to the Legislature, March 2018 (PDF, 148 KB)

The required legislative report (SB 613, Chapter 577, 2015) includes an overview of the working group meetings that were held, an overview of the previous 2008 Guideline, along with recommendations from the working group that developed the Guideline. The current 2017 Guideline aligns with current legislation prescribed by SB 613 and is designed to improve Alzheimer's disease management.

Geriatric Depression and Dementia Scale Mobile Application

 The Geriatric Depression and Dementia Scale (GDDS) application automates screening patients for depressive symptoms and identifying warning signs for cognitive impairment and dementia in clinical settings. The GDDS includes the 15-item version of the Geriatric Depression Scale and pairs it with a 15-item evaluation that helps to identify dementia warning signs. The GDDS performs these tasks in 10 different languages (English, Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese) and also provides spoken prompts for patients that have vision impairments or those that struggle with the written word. It was developed by faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine and the VA Palo Alto Health Care System with funding made available by the California Department of Public Health. 

Medication and Treatment Options for Persons with Cognitive Impairment

University of San Francisco's Memory and Aging Center, which also operates the California Alzheimer's Disease Center, provides an in-depth overview of medications for people with cognitive impairment. It is generally a good idea to try nondrug interventions before turning to medications, but sometimes medications are necessary.

California Associations

Alzheimer's Association

Alzheimer's Greater Los Angeles

Alzheimer's Orange County

Alzheimer's San Diego

California Caregiver Resource Centers

National Associations

Alzheimer's Association (National)

National Institute on Aging

International Association

Alzheimer's Disease International

 

 

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