Resources for Clinicians

Dementia must be the organizing principle of care

Tatiana's lectures

2019 Geriatric Psychiatry Update

2020 Chronic Care Managment of People Who Are Living With Dementia

2020 Physical Distansing and Mental Health During Pandemic

National Partnership – Dementia Care Resources

The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes (the National Partnership) is committed to improving the quality of care for individuals with dementia, living in nursing homes. The National Partnership has a mission to deliver health care that is person-centered, comprehensive and interdisciplinary with a specific focus on protecting residents from being prescribed antipsychotic medications unless there is a valid, clinical indication and a systematic process to evaluate each individual’s need.

Below is a list of dementia care resources broken down into several categories.  Click on the associated link to access a specific category of resources:

Handouts & Tools

Assessments & Practice Guidelines

Initiatives & Innovations


Trainings & Webinars



Diagnosis and staging

Treatment algorithm

Guidance and reimbursement for dementia care planning

Aligning goals of care with patient’s/family goals of life

Important to detect delirium comorbid with dementia and to offer early interventions

FREE Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment

  • Geriatric Physical Exam
  • Geriatric Prescribing Guidelines and Medications Review
  • Geriatric Syndromes
  • Frailty, Falls, Incontinence, Pressure Ulcers, Sleep Disorders
  • Proactive Care
  • Personalized Care Planning
  • Nutrition
  • Exercises for older adults
  • Thorny Issues
  • Elder abuse assessment, Tough Conversations, Alcohol Assessment, Hoarding in late life, Driving

STOPP/START guide for identifying potentially inapropriate prescribing and suitable alternatives

WA Alzheimer’s and Related Behaviors state plan

WA State Bree Collaborative dementia recommendations for healthcare provideers

WA Dementia Action Colaborative




2020 Guide to Billing Codes for Dementia Services

Cognitive Assessment and Careplanning Service Guidelines

  • screening
  • assessment
  • diagnosis
  • care coordination

Clinical Guidelines


Driving with Dementia.  Assessment Tool Kit for Clinicians.
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Portal of Geriatric Online Education
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Although many geriatric prognostic indices have been published, they may be difficult for busy clinicians to remember and use. The goal of ePrognosis ( ) is to be a repository of validated geriatric prognostic indices for application in clinical and educational settings. The prognostic indices used in ePrognosis are derived from a systematic review of the literature, published by our group in JAMA January 11, 2011. ePrognosis offers a tutorial on how to use prognositic indicators in older adults. It also helps clinicians sort through quality issues of each index through it's use of a novel sorting algorithm. This algorithm uses set criteria to sort the indices by accuracy, generalizability, bias, usability, and clinical efficacy.

Latest research updates

IOM Study of Family Caregivers

These tidbits are offered for clinicians that find themselves struggling to care for geriatric patients.  They are offered with the assumption that you already know how to treat psychiatric disorders, but desire tips to adjust your current prescribing practices for an older frail population.

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Creating Dementia-Capable Health Systems

Download care manager training materials, resources on healthcare systems change, and dementia care management toolkits to support healthcare organizations in building dementia-capable systems of care

Advocacy & Technical Assistance

Advocacy and technical assistance documents provide a framework for working with healthcare organizations

Dementia Care Specialist

Evidence-derived training program for Dementia Care Specialists in health plans and healthcare organizations

Dementia Care Specialist Toolkit

The Dementia Care Specialist Toolkit provides healthcare professionals with tools to support dementia care management. It includes assessment instruments to help identify people with dementia and their families, and to assess their needs. The contents of this toolkit are not all-inclusive and are meant to complement and enhance existing care management tools and practices. Clinical judgement should be used when working with individuals and families, and procedures, policies, regulations, laws, and mandates should always be followed.

Or download individual components of the Toolkit:

ALZ Direct Connect® Referral Program

Allows healthcare providers to directly link patients and families to Alzheimer’s Los Angeles

  • Access to care coordination and psychosocial support
  • Referrals to supportive services (often at no cost)
  • Help understanding the disease and navigating its progression
  • 360° approach to care through feedback to the referring provider

California Dementia Healthcare Summit

The California Dementia Healthcare Summit, held on May 3, 2018, focused on putting dementia detection, diagnosis, and clinical care tools into practice. Watch the talks given by leaders in the field and download related materials on the Summit page.

Project Replication Materials are available for use with permission from Alzheimer’s Los Angeles by sending a request to [email protected]

This project is supported, in part by grant numbers 90DS2002-01-00 and 90DS2017-01-00, from the Administration on Aging, U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201; the California Department of Aging; the Change AGEnts Initiative Dementia Caregiving Network, funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation through a multi-year grant to The Gerontological Society of America; The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation; The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation; and The Allergan Foundation. Grantees undertaking projects under government or foundation sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living, California Department of Aging, or other funders’ policy.

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