REACH into Indian Country. IHS and ACL are partnering with the REACH-VA training team at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in REACH into Indian Country, a project funded by the Rx Foundation to implement the REACH intervention in at least 50 Tribal communities over the next 3 years. IHS and ACL continue work with VA to adapt and implement the REACH-VA program of caregiver support in Tribal communities through both public health nursing and the Tribal aging network. REACH-VA is an evidence-based translation that uses structured interventions to provide caregivers of people with dementia with tools and skills to manage ongoing caregiving challenges. VA is a source of clinical expertise in diagnosis and management of dementia for many Native veterans. IHS is building on VA work to test strategies for early recognition among family members as well as clinical and aging services staff.
New York State Coordinating Council for Services Related to Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias. This Council is charged with facilitating and reviewing interagency planning and policy on specific agency initiatives for services related to the care of persons with dementia. The group is a continuing forum for discussion related to the formation of a comprehensive state policy related to the disease. The initial report of the Council was released late in 2010. The 2013 Report of the New York State Coordinating Council for Services Related to Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias was released in early 2014. The third report of the Council is expected to be released in the spring of 2016.
Dementia Friendly America Community Toolkit. DFA offers a four phase community toolkit that convenes community and supports them through a community change process that raises awareness about dementia. As communities undertake the toolkit they help foster awareness of dementia and its impact. The toolkit process provides each sector of the community with guides that help individuals in that sector interact with people living with dementia. Additionally, the Dementia Friends program is aligned with international efforts to consistently educate and raise awareness of dementia, its impact and how to interact with people living with dementia.
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