Federal report suggest nearly 700 ways to improve dementia care

A May 2018 federal report, National Research Summit on Care, Services, and Supports for Persons with Dementia and their Caregivers, provides 694 recommendations for research and advancing care for people living with dementia.

According to LeadingAge, recommendations span 12 themes designed to guide research investments by public and private stakeholders in the field of care, services, and supports for people living with dementia.

The report calls for:

  • Involving providers in the identification of dementia research priorities and relevant research outcomes, and
  • Speeding up dissemination of effective dementia programs and services to real-world settings.
  • Understanding what outcomes are important to persons living with dementia, gaining consensus on what constitutes person-centered care, and improving measures of quality of care and quality of life.
  • More comprehensive care models.
  • Improving transitions from one type of living place to another, and
  • Balancing issues related to autonomy, independence, and choice.
  • Recruiting and retaining a strong dementia care workforce, and training that will increase knowledge and skills for dementia care, and
  • A stronger role of the interdisciplinary team.

The National Research Summit on Care, Services, and Supports for Persons with Dementia and their Caregivers was convened by the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Services. The council was established by Congress in 2011 to oversee annual updates to the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease.

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