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Person-centered focus at the core of Alzheimer’s Association’s new recommendations

The Alzheimer’s Association released their 2018 recommendations for dementia care practice intended for professional care providers who work with individuals living with dementia and their families. The recommendations are posted online and will be published in the February issue of The Gerontologist.

The new guidance, which contains 56 recommendations across 10 content areas, designates a person-centered focus as the core of quality care. Other guidance items include:

  • Detection and diagnosis
  • Assessment and care planning
  • Medical management
  • Information, education and support
  • Ongoing care for behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia, and support for activities of daily living
  • Staffing
  • Supportive and therapeutic environments
  • Transitions and coordination of services

An overview of all 56 recommendations can be found here. The Association has also posted 10 articles containing more detail about the specific recommendations, as well as evidence and expert option supporting them.