Prepared by Dr. Barrett
compiled by Paul T. Barrett, Ph.D.
tips compiled by Paul T. Barrett, Ph.D.
Additional information about sleep, sleep
disorders and common treatments can be found at
sleepeducation.com, presented by the American
Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American
remembering names compiled by Paul T. Barrett,
State and Local Organizations and Agencies
MemoryCare is a non-profit organization in
Asheville providing state-of-the-art care and
support for those with Alzheimer's and other
memory and age-related impairments. They also
support caregivers with education, counseling,
and improved access to necessary services, and
they provide community education.
North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult
Services has a wealth of information about
services, benefits, and protections for older
adults in North Carolina.
The Land-of-Sky Regional Council Area Agency on
Aging helps adults over the age of 60 in
Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, and Transylvania
counties by providing a family caregiver support
program, a senior community service employment
program, and a long-term care ombudsman who
serves as a mediator seeking to resolve
complaints made by or on behalf of people living
in long-term care facilities.
Council on Aging of Buncombe County offers a
variety of services to help older people remain
safely in their homes. Seniors Safe at Home,
Project ROSCO, Call A Ride, Medicare assistance,
advice on taxes, and other services are accessed
through their Information and Assistance
Program. The Council on Aging can also be
reached at 828-277-8288.
Henderson County Council on Aging advocates
for the elderly of Henderson County in all
causes affecting their well-being. They
coordinate a variety of services, including
Meals on Wheels in Henderson County, congregate
meals at the Sammy Williams Center, a hearing
aid bank, and the Elder Neighbor Program. The
Council on Aging also coordinates with Senior
Advocates for the Elderly (S.A.F.E.), who assist
elderly residents in acquiring needed social
services that enable them to remain independent.
As part of this program, a social worker visits
seniors to assess each individual’s situation
and to provide information concerning available
services. Caseworkers and volunteers provide
assistance in accessing needed services and
follow-up. The Henderson County Council on Aging
can also be reached at 828-692-4203
Sammy Williams Center for Active Living in
Hendersonville sponsors a variety of activities
and programs including exercise classes, arts
and crafts, movies, dance instruction,
educational activities, and local entertainment.
They can also help with volunteer opportunities,
health screenings, nutrition, advocacy,
information, outreach, and referral to other
facilities and agencies.
National Organizations and Agencies
Alzheimer’s Association provides information
about Alzheimer's disease, resources, research
advances, publications, and events. It also
provides information about the services and
programs they offer directly and through local
chapters. It is a comprehensive source of
information and is highly recommended. Some of
their services include the Safe Return program,
which provides assistance when a person with
Alzheimer's or a related dementia wanders and
becomes lost locally or far from home.
Alzheimer’s Society is the United Kingdom’s
leading care and research charity for people
with dementia, their families and caregivers.
Their website has a great deal of information
about Alzheimer’s disease and other types of
Alzinfo.org is published by the Fisher Center
for Alzheimer's Research Foundation to educate
people about Alzheimer’s disease. The website
has general information about Alzheimer’s
disease, It has a wealth of short news articles
about caregiving, drugs and treatment,
prevention and wellness, and diagnosis and
causes. Most articles have references to the
scientific studies they are based on.
Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR)
Center has current, comprehensive Alzheimer's
disease information and resources from the
National Institute on Aging. The ADEAR Center’s
staff of Information Specialists is available at
800-438-4380 (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern
Time, Monday - Friday) to assist people with:
Answers to specific questions
about Alzheimer's disease
Free publications about
Alzheimer's disease symptoms, diagnosis,
related disorders, risk factors, treatment,
caregiving tips, home safety tips, and
Referrals to local supportive
Spanish language resources
Clinical trials information
Literature database searches for further
research and reading
guidelines, and a
or health care and caregiving professionals
Administration on Aging (AoA) provides a
comprehensive overview of a wide variety of
topics, programs and services related to aging.
It also has many links other websites providing
reliable information and services.
Geriatric Mental Health Foundation has
articles about alcohol and drug abuse,
Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, caregiving, depression, geriatric psychiatry,
and normal aging. It also has a directory of
member geriatric psychiatrists and a list of
Neurology Patient Page published by the
American Academy of Neuropsychology provides:
A critical review of
ground-breaking discoveries in neurological
research that are written especially for
patients and their families
The most up-to-date patient
information about many neurological diseases
Links to additional
information resources for neurological
Alzheimer’s Foundation provides information
about a variety of issues related to dementia
AARP's Staying Sharp Program has five online
booklets designed to help you keep your brain in
top condition. Topics include quality of life,
memory loss and aging, depression, chronic
health issues, and learning throughout life.
Eldercare Locator, a public service of the
U.S. Administration on Aging, connects older
Americans and their caregivers with sources of
information on senior services. The service
links those who need assistance with state and
local area agencies on aging and community-based
organizations that serve older adults and their
caregivers. They can also be reached by
telephone at 800-677-1116 weekdays from 9:00am
to 8:00pm Eastern Time.
BenefitsCheckUp is a free confidential service
from the National Council on Aging (a national
nonprofit group) that screens for federal, state
and some local private and public benefit
programs for adults over the age of 54. In
addition to identifying the programs that a
person may be eligible to receive,
BenefitsCheckUp also provides a detailed
description of the programs, local contacts for
additional information (typically the addresses
and phone numbers of where to apply for the
programs), and materials to help successfully
apply for each program.
Senior Housing Net is a commercial site that
describes various housing options for older
adults. It also has paid listings of facilities
and companies providing various levels of care
including independent living, continuing care,
assisted living, Alzheimer’s care, and skilled
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Senior
Driver Website has tips and information for
keeping your driving skills sharp and a
directory of supplemental transportation
programs for seniors. There is also a link to
AAA's CarFit brochure to maximize the comfort
and control of the vehicle you drive.
The Hartford Financial Services Group and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) AgeLab have developed an excellent guide to help people with dementia and their families prolong independence while encouraging safe driving. The guide provides suggestions for monitoring, limiting, and stopping driving. The information incorporates the experiences of family caregivers and people with dementia, as well as suggestions from experts in medicine, gerontology and transportation. These groups have additional information available here.
tests for patients with suspected dementia.
Clinical Practice Guidelines on Pharmacologic Treatment of Dementia from the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians.
American Association for Geriatric
Psychiatry’s position statement on principles of
care for patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s Association’s has information for
healthcare providers to help them meet the
challenges of caring for individuals with
Alzheimer’s disease and their families. This
section of the association’s website includes an
overview of Alzheimer’s disease, information
about diagnosing and treating Alzheimer’s, and
suggestions for counseling caregivers and
Columbia University’s free web-based continuing
medical education program for primary-care
practitioners, neurologists, and psychiatrists.
This CME program encompasses the differential
diagnosis and current treatment options for
cognitive and behavioral disorders associated
with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
Issues covered include diagnosing and managing
dementia (including mild cognitive impairment,
Alzheimer's disease, dementia with Lewy bodies,
frontotemporal dementia, and others), genetic
components and testing for dementia, and legal
and ethical issues for patients with dementia.
Live Well, Live Long is a collection of health
promotion strategies and materials developed by
the American Society on Aging through a
cooperative agreement with the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention. Modules include
strategies for cognitive vitality, optimal
medication use, physical activity, nutritional
well being, and others.
American Academy of Neurology’s Dementia
Encounter Kit is a set of tools designed for
neurologists to bring evidence-based
recommendations to the patient/physician
American Academy of Neurology’s report on
factors neurologists should consider when making
a referral for neuropsychological assessment.
These factors include the appropriate
applications and limitations of
neuropsychological testing, specific disorders
where evaluation is pertinent, and issues
surrounding neuropsychological consultation to
neurologists. (update in progress).
American Academy of Neurology’s Guideline
Summary for Clinicians about the detection,
diagnosis, and management of dementia.
American Academy of Neurology’s full report
on Mild Cognitive Impairment and the early
diagnosis of dementia.
American Academy of Neurology’s full report
on the diagnosis of dementia.
Recommended lab tests for elderly patients with
Academy of Neurology’s practice guidelines
recommend the following laboratory tests for
elderly patients undergoing evaluation for
blood cell count
It is generally a
good idea to get results from these laboratory
tests and treat any reversible conditions before
referring a patient for a neuropsychological