A Public health approach to Alzheimer's and other dementias
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A Public health approach to Alzheimer's and other dementias

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      The Alzheimer’s Association, as part of a cooperative agreement with CDC’s Healthy Aging Program, and in partnership with Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, developed these curricular materials on cognitive health, cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer’s disease for use by undergraduate faculty in schools and programs of public health. This work supports The Healthy Brain Initiative: The Public Health Road Map for State and National Partnerships (Road Map) in terms of developing a competent workforce.

      The curriculum consists of four modules:

      Module 1: Alzheimer’s Disease – A Public Health Crisis frames Alzheimer’s and other dementias as a public health epidemic with a large and rapidly growing burden that bears significant impact on the nation.

      Module 2: Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias – The Basics describes Alzheimer’s and other dementias including symptoms, stages, risk factors, diagnosis, and management.

      Module 3: Alzheimer’s Disease – What is the Role of Public Health? discusses three tools of public health that may play a significant role in mitigating the Alzheimer’s disease epidemic: surveillance/monitoring, primary prevention, and early detection and diagnosis.

      Module 4: Dementia Capable Systems and Dementia Friendly Communities addresses the public health response to the Alzheimer’s disease epidemic on a state and community level. The module describes the concept of a “dementia capable” system and explores how public health may support the development of such systems through public health research and translation, support services and programs, workforce training, and the creation of dementia-friendly communities.

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