Alzheimer’s & Related Dementias

A Renewed Focus on Dementia Care in Massachusetts – Healthcare groups around the state, including MHA, are redoubling their efforts to address dementia care.

  • New National Academies Report:
    Mechanisms for Organizational Behavior Change

    The National Academies has released a new report, Mechanisms for Organizational Behavior Change to Address the Needs of People Living with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias.

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  • WEBINAR: Exploring Age and Dementia Friendly Design for Our Built Environment

    The program's recording and materials are available for healthcare providers.

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  • Read the Story: Hospitals align care with new state requirements for patients with dementia

    The unique safety and care needs of geriatric patients are receiving increased attention in hospitals, due in part to new state requirements for identifying patients with dementia and optimizing their care.

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  • Alzheimer’s & Related Dementias: An Operations Plan Roadmap (+ webinar!)

    In September 2022, MHA and the Alzheimer’s Association introduced a roadmap to assist Massachusetts healthcare providers in preparing for the implementation of a state-mandated operational plan for Alzheimer’s and related dementias. The state’s Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Acute Care Advisory Committee – established by the legislature – in 2017 issued a report of recommendatio...» Full Article
  • Caring for Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Dementias

    In June 2017, the state’s Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Acute Care Advisory Committee issued its final report with a goal of outlining strategies to provide optimal care to persons with dementia in acute care settings. Following the issuance of the state report, MHA convened its own workgroup consisting of clinical and operational experts from its membership, as well as representatives...» Full Article
  • NAM launches AHA-supported resource compendium for health care worker well-being

    The National Academy of Medicine today launched Resource Compendium for Health Care Worker Well-Being, which highlights tools that are ready to be deployed and strategies to address systems issues related to health care workers’ burnout. The compendium, which is a product of the Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience, of which AHA is a participant, organizes resources into ...» Full Article
  • 9th Annual April National Healthcare Decisions Month

    MHA is proud to recognize National Healthcare Decisions Month, in partnership with Honoring Choices of Massachusetts. We recognize the importance of advance care planning and the ability of patients to understand their care options. MHA and our members encourage everyone to take the simple but important steps this month to prepare for the future. Every year the Honoring Choices Partners & ...» Full Article
  • Being Prepared in the Time of COVID-19

    With generous support from the Cambia Health Foundation, Ariadne Labs and The Conversation Project have developed a patient-facing guide on Being Prepared in the Time of COVID-19. This tool can help people take action and be prepared for the pandemic. Read more... ...» Full Article
  • Hebrew SeniorLife & Brown to Lead National Alzheimer’s Project

    Hebrew SeniorLife and Brown University have received a five-year $53.4 million grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to lead a comprehensive, nationwide effort to address Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. NIA is a division of the National Institutes for Health.  The funding will support the creation of a research incubator or “collaboratory”, bringing together 30...» Full Article
  • 2020 Report Alzheimer’s Disease Facts & Figures

    Read mor About this report 2020 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures is a statistical resource for U.S. data related to Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia. Background and context for interpretation of the data are contained in the Overview. Additional sections address prevalence, mortality and morbidity, caregiving, and use and costs of health care and services. A S...» Full Article
  • How can we make health care more age friendly?

    By creating age-friendly health systems that fundamentally rethink the way we care for older adults. It will require establishing a continuum of care that anticipates needs and engages older adults and their families in health care planning. In many cases, it will mean deploying a mix of care solutions with personalized support services aimed at ensuring a better life for older adults with chro...» Full Article
  • New Report Helps Hospitals Improve Care for Dementia Patients

    The Commonwealth’s Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Acute Care Advisory Committee (ARDAC) explored challenges and opportunities to provide optimal care for those with dementia who are in acute care settings. The committee presented options for hospitals to improve both the care and experience for patients and caregivers. Our goals are to: Identify and communicate the challenges and opport...» Full Article
  • Map Out a Plan to Approach Alzheimer’s

    When facing Alzheimer's disease, there are a lot of things to consider. Alzheimer's Navigator helps guide Caregivers to answers by creating a personalized action plan and linking you to information, support and local resources A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease raises many questions. The Alzheimer's Navigator — a free online tool designed specifically for individuals with Alzheimer's disease ...» Full Article
  • The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA)

    The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) mission is to provide optimal care and services to individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses and to their families and caregivers. AFA was founded in 2002 by Bert E. Brodsky, whose mother lived with Alzheimer’s disease from 1980-1992. At that time, there was little information available and nowhere to turn for support...» Full Article
  • Alzheimer’s Society United Against Dementia

    Dementia Friendly Communities is a program which facilitates the creation of dementia-friendly communities across the UK. Everyone, from governments and health boards to the local corner shop and hairdresser, share part of the responsibility for ensuring that people with dementia feel understood, valued and able to contribute to their community. Read more......» Full Article
  • Dementia Action Alliance (DAA)

    The DAA is Where people come together to exchange ideas, form friendhsips and professional connections, and change lives to create a getter workd in which to live with dementia. Read more......» Full Article
  • Dementia Friendly Massachusetts

    Dementia Friendly Massachusetts is a grassroots movement to make communities safe, inclusive and respectful for persons with Alzheimer’s disease, or a related dementia. Dementia Friendly Massachusetts is a grassroots movement to make our state “dementia friendly." In dementia friendly communities, people with dementia feel safe and supported. There are many ways you can help. Read more.....» Full Article