The science and practice of psychology are integral to efforts to prevent dementia and slow its progression, to assess, diagnose, treat and support individuals with dementia, and to lighten the burden of the families and institutions that care for them. The APA Office on Aging and the Committee on Aging provide consultation to APA entities, psychologists, policymakers and the public regarding normal cognitive aging and dementia issues.
Highlighted below are dementia and other age-related cognitive change resources.
- APA Guidelines for the Evaluation of Dementia and Age-related Cognitive Change
Evaluation guidelines developed for psychologists.
- Webinar: New guidelines for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease
Expert psychologists discuss the APA Guidelines on Dementia and Age-related and Cognitive Change.
- ABA/APA Assessment of Older Adults with Diminished Capacity Handbook Series
Publications designed to give lawyers, judges, psychologists and other health care providers important information to help guide their work with older adults.
- Interventions for Caregivers of Individuals with Dementia
A limited set (non-comprehensive) of evidence based programs are described in the APA Family Caregivers Briefcase, including Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health (REACH), REACH II and the New York University Caregiver Intervention.
- Cognitive Problem Assessment Tools
Description of screening tools, brief cognitive evaluations and neuropsychological evaluation for care-recipients, also from the APA Family Caregivers Briefcase.
- Memory & Aging (PDF, 154KB)
Guide for older adults about memory decline and tips for improvement.
- National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease Includes Some Key APA Recommendations
APA recommendations for the national plan. Highlights the need for clinical trials, psychologist input and the importance of neuropsychological evaluation.
- A Systematic Evidence Review of Non-pharmacological Interventions for Behavioral Symptoms of Dementia (PDF, 1.57MB)
Review of cost and effectiveness for non-pharmacological behavioral treatments of dementia from the Department of Veterans Affairs.